Getting Used to the Prosthesis

Most patients get used to wearing the prosthesis in a few hours. In a few days, they are not even aware of its physical presence. In some cases, patients who lack tears to lubricate the eye will need some type of artificial lubricant like Vitamin E Oil with Mineral Oil is the best for the money or an ocular ointment such as DURATERS or LACRALUBE

To Remove The Prosthesis from the Eye Socket

1. Wash and rinse hands thoroughly for 30 seconds

2. Face mirror (if this is over a lavatory, place a towel over all hard surfaces and cover the sink drainage) Tilt the head slightly downward while looking at the artificial eye in the mirror, this rotates the prosthesis into a favorable position for removal. Hold on hand, palm upward and heel against the mouth, below the eye socket to catch the prosthesis if it comes out suddenly.

3. Place the forefinger of the other hand against the middle of the lower lid, close to the eyelashes and parallel to them. Press the lower lid tissue backward until the lid margin goes under the lower edge of the artificial eye. At the same time, pull the finger sideways toward the cheekbone to stretch the lid margin under the bottom edge of the prosthesis, exposing it to view. The effect will be like an edge of a button hole.

4. If the artificial eye does not slide out of the socket by itself the cupped hand may be taken away from the cheek and its forefinger and thumb used to grasp the prosthesis and rock and pull gently form under the lid. After removal, the eye should be rinsed or washed, be careful not to drop it down any open drain.