Proper care is essential for prolonging the life of your prosthesis as well as ensuring the safest, most effective and most comfortable use of it for you. Read our Basic Care and Insertion & Removal Guides below to learn more about caring for your prosthesis. As always, don’t be afraid to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
• A prosthesis should be polished at your ocularist’s office every 6 months to a year. You can determine your specific needs by speaking with your ocularist.
•A prosthesis should be replaced every 5-7 years. This is because the socket is constantly changing, just like everything else in our bodies, and the prosthesis will no longer fit properly.
•Typically the less you take your prosthesis in and out, the better. Most of our hands are not the cleanest and by handling the prosthesis more frequently, you risk the possibility of infection or other issues.
•If the prosthesis must be taken out, wash your hands thoroughly beforehand. And make sure to put a paper towel over the sink drain and close the lid to the toilet.
•A prosthesis, if needed can be washed with baby shampoo. This way, if any soap is left on the surface, it will not harm or cause irritation.
•Sometimes secretions can build up on the front of the prosthesis, lids and lashes. Instead of removing the prosthesis, a warm moist washcloth can be applied for a few minutes to help loosen and remove the discharge.
•Always rub the lids toward the nose. Wiping outward can cause the prosthesis to turn in the socket, or even dislodge.
•If the prosthesis is out of position, it can often be adjusted without removal. Simply turn it gently with the finger tips.
•Dryness is a common complaint, especially when exposed to dust, air conditioning, and severe temperature changes. This can make it difficult to blink and cause excess discharge. It is ok to use over the counter drops. If you find that you are still having problems, do not hesitate to contact your ocularist.
•Eye glasses with unbreakable lenses are recommended for all patients. The glasses will protect your eyes and often enhance the overall appearance of the prosthesis.
•If you swim, be cautious when jumping or diving into the water. The force of the water could cause the prosthesis to come out. Swimmers goggles are a good precaution. Neither chlorine nor seawater will harm the prosthesis.
Hold the prosthesis at the edges with the top up and the back of the Prosthesis toward you. With your free hand, raise the upper lid, then slide the prosthesis up and back into the socket behind the eyelid. Hold the eye in place, gently maintaining an up and back pressure. Using the hand that was holding the upper eyelid, pull down on the lower eyelid. The prosthesis will slide into place behind the lower eyelid. Release the lower lid and the prosthesis should be in position.
Remember to relax, you cannot push the prosthesis too far in or hurt anything. The lids will hold the prosthesis in place.
While looking up, press your index finger in and down on the edge of the lower eyelid next to the nose. Gently push your finger up under the bottom edge of the prosthesis. The edge of the eye will slide out from behind the lid. Keep pressing gently and move your finger towards the ear. This will cause the entire bottom edge of the prosthesis to come out. The rest of the eye will now easily drop down and slide out.
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