An artificial eye is fit when the real eye has been removed.
Only state-of-the-art fitting techniques are used when fitting the prosthesis. A custom tray is sculpted from wax to bring symmetry to the lids. The iris is positioned and primary gaze is determined. An impression of the socket is then taken. This will allow the even distribution of the prosthesis over the implant providing the best movement and comfort.
The prosthesis is painted using brushes and colored pencils. Multiple layers of paint are applied to accurately duplicate the striations of the Seeing Eye. Silk threads and fine acrylic strands are used to replicate the pattern of blood vessels with that of the Seeing Eye. The sclera (the white of the eye) is also tinted and blended to make the artificial eye undetectable.
The length of time needed for the process of fitting and fabrication varies with each patient. However, the eye can usually be completed in one day.
****These next two photos represent a well-coordinated effort between Mr. Imm and this patient's oculoplastic surgeon. She presented a lower lid laxity and pstosis giving her a dystopic appearance.
****After pstosis repair and lateral canthotomy and having the prosthesis refit this time by Mr. Imm, she was happy with her much improved appearance. A coordinated team effort with a board certified ocularist and ophthalmologist is essential.