The Difference Between a Stock and Custom Prosthetic Eye

A stock artificial eye is, as the name suggest, a mass produced prosthesis of general specifications for size, shape, and iris color.  These “ready-made” prosthetic eyes are not recommended for any patient due to their lack of individual characteristics.  Unlike a custom-made ocular prosthesis, stock artificial eyes do not take into account the comfort, mobility, and cosmetic details unique to each person.  

These less than satisfactory prostheses are sometimes offered by eye care professionals that are unfamiliar with the superior result of a custom-made prosthesis, fit and fabricated by a board certified ocularist.  Under the American Society of Ocularists, members have pledged to never deliver a stock artificial eye to a patient.  These prosthesis present a number of harmful risks to patients; including pain, irritation, excess discharge, and possible socket deformity.

At Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. Stephen Haddad, B.C.O. and his team of board certified ocularists deliver the highest quality custom-made artificial eyes available today.  Using the latest in digital technology and experienced craftsmanship, you can be certain that you are receiving the most naturally appearing prosthetic eye.  With over 100 years of combined experience in the field, the team at Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. is equipped to handle your unique situation and meet your individual expectations.  For more information on custom-made prosthetic eyes, please contact any of our five Southern California office locations today:  Los Angeles, Encino, Orange, Torrance and Santa Barbara.  We are happy to discuss any concerns that you may have prior to your visit.