Prosthetic Eye Treatment for Low Vision Patients
Over the last 25 years, the global population has shown a reduction in the number of people who are blind or visually impaired from the effects of infectious disease. What has increased is the number of people who are blind from conditions related to longer life spans; such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. This increase in age related vision loss is not uniform throughout the worldwide population. Their are distinct discrepancies across age, gender, and geographic boundaries.
More than 80% of all visually impaired people are 50 years of age or older; yet this group only represents 20% of the world’s population. This age inclination is also reflected in gender, with females having a significantly higher risk of visual impairment than males. Geographic boundaries represent the last variation, with more than 90% of the world’s visually impaired people living in developing countries.
People who have been diagnosed by their eye doctor as visually impaired due to severe low vision are eligible for prosthetic eye treatment. This type of prosthetic eye is commonly referred to as a scleral shell with transparent pupil. Unlike other scleral shells, these specially engineered prosthetic lenses have a clear pupil so that a person can maximize their remaining vision while restoring a normal eye appearance.
This type of ocular prosthetic treatment is particularly important for children with low vision. This type of scleral shell, or prosthetic lens, will encourage the continued development of the child’s optical system. The transparent pupil is specifically designed to permit visual stimuli; a key to maintaining important optic neural pathways. Not only will the scleral shell provide cosmetic restoration with retained vision, it will also encourage the natural healthy growth of the orbital anatomy.
If you have a question about how scleral shells with transparent pupils can help you, or your child, please contact Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. today. Stephen Haddad, B.C.O., B.A.D.O., and his team of board certified ocularists have over 75 years of experience in the manufacturing of ocular prostheses for patients with low vision. We look forward to speaking with you soon.