Most patients who undergo enucleation (eyeball removal surgery) are able to replace the enucleated (removed) eye with an orbital implant and a prosthesis (artificial eye). The board-certified ophthalmologists of Oculoplastic Associates of Texas work with a board-certified ocularist who is able to create and design a custom prosthesis that will very closely resemble the patient’s natural eye. The high-quality artificial eye is held in place with orbital implants that improves the fit of the prosthesis and helps the eye move naturally. Dallas and Plano residents who are unhappy with their current ocular prosthesis are encouraged to schedule a consultation at one of our offices to learn more about our modern, natural-looking options.
"Extremely kind and very informative. Excellent with our nine year old. Office is well kept and clean. Staff was friendly and we did not have to wait long to be called back. Maybe 10 minutes. I would definitely recommend Dr. Merritt."- M. / Healthgrades / Feb 01, 2018
"Best Oculoplastic Surgeon in Dallas - Dr. Abbott did an amazing, life changing, eye lid lift surgery!!!! I am more confident and I still don't recognize myself. As she's a true artist!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 21, 2018
"He's the Best - Dr. Merritt is the best, he is understanding, kind and willing to spend the time explaining his procedure to fix your eyes. I picked him out in a google search and it was the best decision I've ever made. My eye lids had dropped from cataract surgery and I had been looking through my eye lashes for about a year. Now I have great vision and quite a pretty look to my eyes. If I ever have any more issues he is the only one I will go to. His nurse is great and the girls at the front desk were kind and helpful. He also has a fantastic surgical crew.nWe need more doctors like Dr. Merritt."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 14, 2018
"I had a great experience with Dr Abbott and her staff at the Plano office. I had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty done in the office. I was nervous but they put me right at ease. The procedure was painless and quick. I am more than happy with the results and now only need to use readers! I also found their website to be very easy to navigate."- N.H. / Healthgrades / Aug 02, 2018
"Dr Merritt is not only extremely talented as a surgeon but he is outrageously kind and caring. Chosen as physician of the year by the doctors at Texas Healthcare Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for very good reasons."- T.F. / Yelp / Jun 25, 2018
Orbital implants are attached to muscles and other structures in the eye socket, so they feel secure and patients retain the ability to move the artificial eye. The prosthesis is designed and placed about 4 – 6 weeks after enucleation surgery.
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Artificial Eye FAQs
While most people think of glass artificial eyes, modern prosthetic eyes are made of acrylic. The prosthetic is shaped more like a shell than a ball since it is attached to the ocular implant. The iris is carefully painted on to the prosthesis to match the iris of the remaining eye.
Will It Look Natural?
Modern ocular prosthetics have evolved to look and move in a more natural way than previous artificial eyes. However, the prosthetic eye will not move as fast or fully compared to the natural eye. The pupil of the prosthetic eye also doesn’t change, so it may not always match the natural eye. Most patients are happy with the appearance of their artificial eye once they adjust to the new feel and look.
Over time, mucus may build up on the artificial eye and patients can use an irrigating solution recommended by their doctor to clean the prosthesis without removing it. Some patients prefer to remove their prosthesis for cleaning every 1 – 3 months or as needed.