TOP QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS
How often should I see my ocularist?
You should have your prosthesis cleaned and polished every 6-12 months. It is generally recommended that patients have their eye replaced every 3-5 years. Children need to have their eye refit and replaced more frequently.
Will I need anesthesia?
Does my insurance cover it?
Most insurances do cover the majority of the services we provide. Insurances plans are extremely varied; please contact our office for more detailed information. Our staff is highly experienced and proud to provide unparalleled service in this area. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and obtain any authorizations you may need.
How long does it take to make my eye?
In most cases, we are able to complete your ocular prosthesis in one day, and you will leave with it in the afternoon.
Does the prosthesis move?
Yes, most ocular prostheses do move. Our prostheses are impression-fitted, which helps to transmit maximum possible movement.
I just had surgery. When should I see an ocularist?
Most doctors recommend beginning the process of fitting a prosthesis 4-6 weeks after surgery. The course of treatment depends on the type of surgery you had. We are happy to answer your questions by phone, or to see you for a consultation at any time.
Do you often see children?
We see pediatric patients on a daily basis, from infants to teenagers. It is one of the privileges of our profession to see patients all throughout their lives.
My child was born with a small eye and no vision, do they need a prosthesis?
Absolutely. A prosthesis will help ensure symmetrical growth of your child's facial structures, including the bony orbit, the eyelids, and the orbital tissues. It is important to bring your baby to an ocularist as soon as possible to begin treatment.
What is a Scleral Shell?
A scleral shell is a thin prosthesis that is fit over a small, disfigured eye. It restores missing volume and duplicates the appearance of the other natural eye. Many patients find it helps relieve discomfort caused by light-sensitivity, unhelpful (minimal) vision, and exposure to the elements (wind, dust, etc.).