Anophtalmia and Microphtalmia

Ocular Prosthetics for Children with Anopthalmia and Microphthalmia

According to the National Eye Institute:

Anophthalmia and microphthalmia are often used interchangeably. Microphthalmia is a disorder in which one or both eyes are abnormally small, while anophthalmia is the absence of one or both eyes. These rare disorders develop during pregnancy and can be associated with other birth defects.

If your child has been diagnosed with congenital anophthalmia or congenital microphthalmia, and surgery is not recommended, you will most likely be referred to an ocularist.

Restoring Your Child’s Appearance

Our goal will be to restore your child’s appearance, support normal socket development and expansion for growth.

This may include using progressive expanding conformers to enlarge the eye socket cavity for prosthetic eye retention. Integrated Ocular Prosthetics Inc., individualizes care and protocols for each patient. Antonio L. Alcorta I, BCO BADO, believes in creating a prosthesis for the patient and the family as soon as possible. His philosophy is “if there is room to create an iris on a conformer, then create a prosthesis” as no patient should go without looking and feeling as normal as possible.

Creating Your Child’s Ocular Prosthesis

We have extensive experience in the specialized fitting and fabrication techniques needed to create prosthetic eyes for pediatric patients.

Working with Your Family and Ours

The involvement from a parent for a child in need of an artificial eye is invaluable. Not only to the success of their outcome but also with their future. Parents will have an important role throughout this process, including their participation in-clinic and at-home reinforcement.

The relationship between ocularist, parent, and child is always based on open communication and trust.

In advance of each procedure, we will inform you of the steps involved and expected results. This personal communication will remove your fears and ensure a positive experience for everyone.

Same-Day Service

We pride ourselves on providing patients with same-day appointments. We believe the best result is achieved when the patient is able to leave our office wearing their new artificial eye the same day as their initial fitting. This also helps ensure proper protection for the patient’s socket and helping to restore a sense of normalcy and self-confidence by having the appearance of two natural eyes.

Follow-up appointments are scheduled two to three months following the initial fitting appointment to address any physical changes within the orbit and any concerns the patient may be experiencing due to the changes in the socket as the socket continues to grow and develop.

Same-Day Appointments

With same-day appointments and service, you can look and feel like yourself again in one day.

Custom-Made for Your Eyes

Custom iris buttons, artistic hand painting and the use of digitally printed irises ensure quality craftsmanship of your ocular prosthesis.

Board-Certified Ocularist

Our team is led by Board-Certified Ocularist Antonio L. Alcorta, a third-generation prosthetic eye and scleral shell specialist.

Help Your Child Feel and Look Like Themselves Again

Get in touch with our team of caring professionals to schedule your appointment today.