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How orbital prostheses are designed and custom-made for patients

Orbital prostheses, also known as artificial eyes, are designed to restore the appearance and function of the eye for individuals who have lost their natural eye due to injury, disease, or congenital defects. The process of designing and custom-making an orbital prosthesis involves a team of skilled professionals, including ocularists, optometrists, and surgeons.

The first step in the process is to create a mold of the patient's eye socket, or orbit. This mold is used to create a customized prosthesis that will fit perfectly in the patient's orbit and provide a natural appearance. To create the mold, the ocularist will use a soft, pliable material that can be easily shaped to fit the contours of the orbit. The mold is then used to create a plaster cast, which serves as the base for the prosthesis.

Next, the ocularist will carefully select the appropriate materials for the prosthesis. Artificial eyes are typically made from acrylic, a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to breaking and scratching. The color and translucency of the acrylic are carefully matched to the patient's natural eye to ensure a natural appearance.

Once the materials have been selected, the ocularist will begin the process of creating the prosthesis. This involves carefully sculpting and shaping the acrylic to create the appropriate size and shape for the patient's orbit. The ocularist will also add details such as the iris, pupil, and other features to create a realistic appearance.

Once the prosthesis is complete, it is fitted to the patient's orbit using a combination of adhesive and suture. The suture helps to hold the prosthesis in place and can be adjusted as needed to ensure a comfortable fit. The ocularist will also provide the patient with instructions on how to care for the prosthesis, including how to clean it and what to do in case of any issues.

Orbital prostheses can be an effective solution for individuals who have lost their natural eye. With careful design and custom-making, these prostheses can restore both the appearance and function of the eye, helping patients to feel more confident and comfortable in their daily lives.

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