It might seem daunting to take care of an artificial eye. It is very easy to care for your prosthesis. The prosthetic can be cleaned by simply wiping it with soap and water. However, you might need to clean the prosthetic more often to remove any protein buildup. Keep the prosthetic moistened with artificial tears and your eyelids clean each day. Your prosthesis should be polished at least once a year by your eye doctor.
Remove the eye
If your eye socket feels irritated, clean it. It's time to clean your eyes if your eye socket or inner eyelid feels itchy or itchy. The time between cleanings can vary from one person to another, so make sure to talk to your ophthalmic about the best frequency. Your prosthesis might be cleaned daily, but you may prefer to clean it every other month or once a month. You may even decide only to clean your eyelids at home and let your ophthalmic clean them during your regular polishing appointments every few months.
Your ophthalmic may instruct you to clean a conformer lens, which is a lens that retains the natural shape of your eye.
Before you remove your eye, place a towel on your work area. Place a large, soft towel over the area you will be working on, such as your countertop or lap. This will ensure that if an eye does fall, it has a soft surface to rest on. Prosthetic eyes are usually very durable, but there's still the possibility of them being scratched, chipped or cracked if they are dropped onto a hard surface.
Before you touch your prosthesis, wash your hands with soapy water. Before touching your eyes or removing your prosthesis, wash your hands with soap and water. This will reduce the chance of spreading bacteria, dirt, and other contaminants to your eye socket. Hand sanitizer is a good alternative if you don't have soap or running water and need to adjust your prosthesis. It is best to avoid touching the artificial eye.
Use a saline solution to clean your eyelids. Use a cotton swab or cotton ball to dip in a sterile saline solution. It is similar to the one used for contact lenses. Next, rub your upper eyelids from your nose towards your ear. You can also use a second cotton ball to clean your lower eyelid. To remove the discharge from your eyelids, you must use a new cotton ball or swab every time.
You can use the saline solution if you don't own any. Boil water to sterilize the item, then let it cool down and use it instead.
One finger can be used to pull your lower eyelids down. Gently pull the lower eyelid down with your index finger. Continue pulling down until you can see the prosthesis's bottom edge. Do this over the towel that you have placed on your work surface.
The process of removing your eyes will be discussed with you by your ophthalmic. However, it is a straightforward procedure that can be made easier over time.
Ask your ophthalmic for a suction cup if you have difficulty removing your prosthetic eye using your fingers. This will make it easier for your prosthesis to stick to it.
Press gently with your upper eyelids with your other hand. Make a C-shape with your hand and place it over your eye socket. Next, gently press your fingertips into the crease of your upper eyelid. The prosthesis will fall into your cupped hands.
When you take off the prosthetic, it is normal to see some liquid.
Talk to your ophthalmic if you are having trouble removing your eye.