Routine maintenance is necessary to preserve the look and comfort of an artificial eye. Each individual will require different methods in order to keep their prosthesis looking good and their socket healthy.
Polishes: A polish is a thorough cleaning of the ocular prosthesis in the ocularist’s office. This is necessary to remove the protein buildup of body fluids on the surface of the prosthesis. This is also when the ocularist can examine your socket for any potential issues like an infection, and this is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Typically, an artificial eye needs to be cleaned and polished every 6 months to a year.
Adjustments: Sometimes a patient’s socket will change sooner than the 5 year average. When this occurs within 3 years of the fitting of the prosthesis, an adjustment to the shape of the prosthesis can be made. After 3 years, the plastic isn’t conducive to being processed again and a replacement is required.