Cleaning and Storage of a Prosthetic Eye
There are a number of different factors that can cause a prosthetic eye to become an irritant. Environmental factors such as smoke, chemicals, and extreme weather conditions; health factors such as poor hygiene, allergies, and sickness can contribute to the accumulation of salt and protein deposits on the prosthesis. That’s why it is very important to keep the surface of a prosthetic eye or scleral shell ocular prosthesis clean. This will help to reduce the irritation of the eye socket or non-functional eye; enhancing the overall comfort of wearing an ocular prosthesis.
At Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. we recommend a number of different cleaning agents to aid in the removal of surface deposits on the prosthetic eye. The first product we would suggest is baby shampoo. This type of cleaner is both gentle on your socket chemistry, and effective at breaking down the mucous deposits. Our next suggestion would be to soak your prosthetic eye in a hard contact lens cleaner or hydrogen peroxide. Please make sure that you rinse the prosthesis very well before reinserting it.
Along with keeping your prosthetic eye clean, your eyelashes and eyelids must also be kept free of mucous build-up. These protein deposits can become an uncomfortable irritant and possibly lead to infection. To prevent this from happening our team of board certified ocularists recommend the use of Ocusoft Lid Scrub to maintain a clean orbital socket. This product can be purchased at any of our five office locations: Los Angeles, Orange, Encino, Torrance, and Santa Barbara. Please consult with your ocularist about the use of this product.
As a warning, please do not use any products that contain alcohol, harsh chemical solvents, or antibacterial soap on your artificial eye. These cleaners will penetrate into the acrylic plastic, causing contamination, prolonged discomfort, and deterioration of the prosthesis.
If you must store your prosthesis, it is best to use the provided case available at our office. Please avoid leaving the prosthetic eye anywhere that it can be damaged or lost. If you prefer to take your prosthetic eye out at night, we recommend that you let it soak in a soft contact lens solution. This is not required, but it will help keep the prosthesis moist and comfortable upon reinsertion. If you have any questions regarding your specific treatment plan, contact us today to speak with your ocularist. We are happy to answer any of your concerns.