Working with Children and Families
We understand that wearing an ocular prosthesis/artificial eye is foreign and a highly sensitive topic for many families. With that in mind, we approach the needs and comfort of each family with the highest level of importance in an effort to create a lifetime bond.
Restoring Your Child’s Appearance
Typically, after allowing six weeks of healing time after surgery, our staff will schedule the initial service appointment. Our board certified ocularist then will recreate a custom, hand-painted ocular prosthesis the same day.
Once the prosthesis is delivered and instructions given for care, daily maintenance, removal and insertion, a custom treatment plan will be created and notated for documentation and progression purposes.
It is important for the ocularist and parents to limit their expectations of what can be accomplished during the first meeting to avoid unnecessary stress on the young patient.
It is very important that both patient and parent understand how the process works, and how they can help. It is also important for both parent and child to become acquainted with ocularist Antonio Alcorta I, and the team here at Integrated Ocular Prosthetics, creating the foundation of trust with your child. The value of this relationship cannot be overstated; the more comfortable your child is with their medical professionals, the better their treatment outcome will be.
Ocular Prosthetics for Infants and Toddlers
Follow up visits for infants and toddlers receiving prosthetic eyes are scheduled approximately every month up to three months, but individual times may vary. Enlarging or replacing the first prosthetic eye for an infant may be required after the first year, depending on the child. Replacements are usually necessary due to growth in the orbital socket and color changes during the first year of an infant’s life. Enlargements can also be performed if only minor changes to the prosthesis are required.
Ocular Prosthetics for Children Ages 2–5
Between the ages of two and five, annual replacements become more and more common, depending on the amount of tissue settlement in the eye socket and the growth of your child. When your child reaches the age of three, follow-up visits to the ocularist may be extended to every six months.
Ocular Prosthetics for Children Ages 6–12
For children ages six through twelve, replacement prosthetic eyes are required less frequently. In this age range, it is common to keep the same ocular prosthesis for two or more years, enlarging when necessary. Due to the length of time wearing this prosthesis, it is important that parents continue to make regular six-month follow-up appointments.
A Holistic, Full-Team Approach
Our dedication to a complete “medical team approach” among our board-certified ocularist, your referring physician and medical staff ensures that our pediatric patients receive the highest quality of care, each and every time.
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.