FAQs & Definitions
Frequently Asked Questions About Ocular Prosthetics

Getting a prosthesis can sometimes be an overwhelming process. We’re here to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. Whether that means making the highest quality prosthesis for you, walking you through the insurance process or just answering your questions and concerns. Read our Frequently Asked Questions & Definitions of common terms below to get answers to some of our patient’s most common concerns. As always, don’t be afraid to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


Can the prosthesis fall out on its own?

It is uncommon but it is not unheard of for the prosthesis to fall out.  Typically this happens due to rubbing the lids and prosthesis.  This is why it is important to rub toward the nose.  If you are having problems with the prosthesis falling out frequently, please contact your ocularist.


Does insurance cover ocular prosthetics?  Does AOP accept insurance?

Most insurance plans have some coverage of prosthetics.  However, the amount they will pay varies based on your insurance company and your individual plan.  AOP does accept some insurance plans.  For further information specific to you and your insurance plan, please contact the office.


How much does an ocular prosthesis cost?

The cost of a prosthesis varies greatly depending on each individuals situation.  For information on how much your prosthesis will cost, please call the office to schedule a free consultation.


What is a scleral cover shell?  How is it different from a regular ocular prosthesis?

Scleral cover shells are for patients who still have an eye present.  Most often the eye is smaller than normal and blind.  The scleral cover shell covers the eye, protecting it and often making it more comfortable.  It also fills in the excess space left by it’s diminished size.  A normal prosthesis is for a socket where the eye has been removed.


Is there anything I can’t do with only one eye?

To the best of our knowledge the only thing one is legally not allowed to do with vision in one eye in Pennsylvania is get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  All other activities, including sports, driving a normal vehicle,  and pursuing all careers are available to persons with monocular vision.


Someone who makes and fits artificial eyes and scleral cover shells.


Custom Fit Ocular Prosthesis

An artificial eye that is fabricated out of plastic to fit the individual patient, including an impression of the socket and a unique painting of the iris and white of the eye.


Scleral Cover Shell

An artificial eye that is made to fit over a blind or injured eye, utilizing the same specifications as a custom fit ocular prosthesis.


Glass Eye

An artificial eye that is made of glass and shaped to fit the patient. Glass eyes are still made in Europe, but have been replaced by plastic in the U.S. due to the fragility of glass, the lighter weight of plastic and the ability to modify the plastic at any time.

Advanced Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. is a woman-owned business in the Pittsburgh, Pa area that specializes in the manufacturing and fitting of artificial eyes and scleral cover shells. Our goal is to make the best looking and most comfortable artificial eyes, all the while maintaining a friendly and warm relationship with our patients and the professional community.

1111 Oakdale Rd Suite 5, Oakdale, PA, 15071