- Have you been told that you have an eye tumor that can affect your whole body, if not removed?
- Have you discovered that you suffer from a certain type of eye cancer recently?
- Have you ever been told that you should get one of eyes removed?
- Have you had an eye surgery earlier, which makes your eye look large or ugly?
- Do you have painful, red, eye, ith no vision in them?
- Have you lost your eye due to cancer or an accident and does your socket look smaller & ugly?
- Did you ever consider the possibility of having any of your eyes removed?
In situations like severe trauma causing loss of vision, eye tumors or cancers that press on your eye and that can affect your whole health if not treated, a surgery of False Eye Fitting is needed. This is a very important part of oculoplasty&ocularistry, because if your eyes do not look similar & cosmetically the same, it may completely mar your looks and confidence.
What is the False Eye Fitting surgery ?
The false eye fitting surgery is the surgery that consists of removing an eye via eye surgeries like enucleation, evisceration & even exenteration and replacing it with an implant and an artificial ocular prosthesis (false eye). The surgery is needed in case of ocular tumors, such as the retinoblastoma , choroidal Metastasis and choroidal melanoma.
How does the artificial eye fitting surgery happen?
There are three types of the surgery. The evisceration, which consists of removing the iris, cornea and the internal eye contents, leaving behind the sclera and the extraocular muscles. It is first type of surgery. The orbital implant is placed within the eye sheet in this surgery and as the extra-ocular muscles are intact, this type of surgery may give best artificial eye movements. However, an evisceration cannot be performed in cases with eye cancer, as the eye cancer can spread post the surgery. The second type of surgery is the enucleation, a surgery needed usually when there’s an intraocular tumor; it consists in removing the eyeball, and leaving the eyelids and the eye socket’s adjacent structures. The myoconjunctivalenucleation, popularized by Dr. Debraj Shome & a few other oculoplastic surgeon in India, uses the muscles in a manner deigned to cause best ocular motility of the artficial prosthetic eye. Theexenteration, that usually happens together with the removal of the maxilla (the maxillectomy), consists of removing all the eye socket’s content: the eyeball, muscles, fat and other adjacent structures. Sometimes, the eyelids can be removed as well. After the surgery, the oculoplastic surgeon, together with an ocularist, will peform an artificial eye fitting surgery, through which you’ll be given an artificial eye which can move and look just like a normal eye.
Recovery after prosthetic eye fitting Surgery
Right after the prosthetic eye fitting surgery you will not feel pain, just some pressure on the eyelid of the eye that has been removed. In case you feel any pain in your eyes or throat, because of the surgery, you should tell the nurses and they will give you some treatment right away. After the surgery, however, you should not use aspirin or any other aspirin-based painkillers, because they will make the blood thinner. Also, after the effects of the general anesthesia will be gone, you will feel the muscles of the removed eye react along with the muscles of the good eye. In order to avoid too much pain, you shouldn’t move your good eye too fast or too much. During all your recovery period, you have to clean your eye socket everyday, multiple times per day. A nurse will help you and teach you how to properly clean it, so that you won’t develop an infection. You should also use eye drops during the recovery period as prescribed by the doctor. After it will be over, however, you can get an artificial eye, with the help of an ocularist. The artificial eye fitting will be as similar as possible to the other one, and it will also move, so that there won’t be any noticeable differences. Today is the era of custom made, hand painted acrylic eye prosthesis, in which the color of the iris and even the blood vessels are matched with the normal eye, to give the best looking artificial eye, which no one realizes is not real! The artificial eye also needs to be cleaned and taken special care of.
FAQs (Frequently ask question) about ocular prosthesis fitting:
How long will it take before you can get the eye implant?
It usually takes from 4 to 6 weeks for the eye socket to heal, if there were no complications or if you don’t have any other health problems. It all depends on how the surgery went.
What can you use during the recovery time?
In the recovery time, you can use eye patches or sunglasses to cover the effects of the eye removal surgery, until you get a new eye. An artificial conformer is kept to maintain the area of the eye socket.
Which will be the changes after getting an artificial eye?
The most important changes will be up to you, and how you will be affected, mentally, by the surgery. The artificial eye will look as natural as possible, so there will be no big differences in your general look, but there are people who have encountered emotional problems after getting an eye removed. The most common problems that appear after the surgery are depression, grief, and even anxiety. You might feel more self-conscious than before, and you might feel like everyone will notice the changed eye, but in fact, there won’t be any big differences. You might want to get some help from the oculoplasty surgery specialist after the surgery. When it comes to the way you see, there also won’t be any big differences. You will be able to see with your other eye perfectly; it will be just like living with one eye closed. You will still be able to drive, regularly, after getting tested.
False Eye Fitting/ artificial eye fitting before after photos
What is the cost of False Eye Fitting Surgery?
It is said that eyes are a window to the soul. It can be devastating to learn that your eyes are damaged beyond repair, due to injury or tumours. Cosmetic surgery is one way to remove the damaged eye and reconstruct it with a natural looking false eye, to restore your face to its former appearance. False eye fitting is the reconstructive surgery that covers the removal of the damaged eye and replaces it with an ocular prosthesis.
Eye surgery is a significant surgery, and you must be anxious to find out the costs associated with it. The cost of false eye fitting surgery depends on the cost of the procedure, and the number of surgeries required for the removal of the eye. You should discuss extensively with your surgeon and understand the surgical plan.
The Esthetic Clinic is dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of care during your cosmetic enhancement journey. Our leading surgeon, Dr. Debraj Shome, is one of the leading oculoplastic surgeons in the country. High-tech equipment, latest techniques and a well-qualified staff are used to carry out all the reconstructive procedures to ensure the best outcomes.
In case you require oculoplastic surgery, the best place where you are assured the attention of specialist surgeons to operate on you is The Esthetic Clinic. Dr. Debraj Shome is an oculoplastic surgeon who will take care to remove the damaged eye, and then implant an artificial eye. The Esthetic Clinic work closely with the ocularist and take special care to give you an artificial eye that looks just like the one you lost, so that you won’t feel too much has changed about your appearance.
About Dr. Debraj Shome
Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinic, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Holy Family Hospital & Nova Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, Best Oculoplastic Surgeon India”, etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life …Read more
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