Frequently Asked Questions

First, let's start with some background information:
Your prosthetic eye(s) are made from the highest quality acrylic resin available. Duplication of the painted iris, sclera and shape of your prosthesis, are done by hand, by your professional Ocularist. The methods used have been passed down from generation to generation. We at Johnston Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. continue to improve on skills and techniques of the past, along with developing new ones with modern materials and technology.

1. How do I remove my Prosthesis?
2. How do I Clean and Maintain my Prosthesis?
3. Why do I have to clean the eye?
4. What if it becomes uncomfortable?
5. How often should I have a Check/Polish?
6. How often do I need a new eye?
7. What is a Board Certified Ocularist?

How do I remove my Prosthesis?

  1. First, make sure your hands are clean. Simply wash them with soap and water. Note: Your hands need not be clinically sterile.
  2. Although not always necessary, a mirror can be used during this process. Place a soft bath towel over your sink or lap. Tilt your head slightly downward (chin towards chest), while looking up.
  3. With your eye(s) looking upwards, you will create a more gravity fed position, which will aid in the removal. Position one hand close to your cheek to allow easy and immediate control of the eye as it is removed.
  4. Position the forefinger of the opposite hand being used, close to your nasal edge of your lower lid. Gently press in and stretch the lower lid towards the cheek bone. This will stretch the lower lid margins and expose the bottom edge of the prosthesis into view.
  5. Once the prosthesis is removed, you can move onto your cleaning and maintenance routine.

How do I Clean and Maintain my Prosthesis?

  1. Once you have successfully removed the eye, you must follow through with a consistent cleaning routine. Place the eye(s) into a container with enough water to cover it. Place a small amount of a mild soap (i.e., Johnson's no-tear baby shampoo), into your hands and gently scrub the eye(s) between your fingers and the soapy water. When complete, simply rinse the eye and your hands free of any soapy residue and place the eye(s) back into a container of fresh clean water.
  2. To clean your eye socket, we recommend a simple Saline Solution. With the saline solution in one hand, your other hand should be in place for opening the eye socket wide; a towel should be placed in front of you or you can lean over the sink for catching the overflow. Slowly tilt your head back and generously irrigate the socket, flushing any foreign debris out. You will find this to be a very simple and refreshing way of keeping your socket clean and healthy. This type of product can be purchased at your local drug store or pharmacy.
  3. A solution can be made for soaking your prosthesis, but only when instructed by your Ocularist: Place 2 to 3 ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide into a small container. Allow the prosthesis to soak in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes (Max'.). When instructed to perform this routine, you will do this 1 to 2 times, every other week.

Why do I have to clean the eye?

Maintaining a consistent cleaning routine can create a very comfortable and lasting feeling. You can greatly reduce the possibilities of an infection or other serious problems from occurring. A substantial amount of life can be added to your prosthesis, simply by keeping up a good cleaning routine. This type of routine is performed two to three times a day by many of our patients.

What if it becomes uncomfortable?

Should any discomfort occur, please do not hesitate to phone our office immediately. Johnston Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. has a staff of highly skilled Ocularists who can assist you with most of your prosthetic eye problems.

Note: Should excessive discharge and irritation occur beyond a three day period, even while maintaining a good cleaning schedule, you should phone your Ophthalmologist for advice.

How often should I have a Check/Polish?

A general cleaning and polishing routine should be strictly adhered to. We see most of our patients at least once a year and many every six months. If you have not had your prosthesis checked or polished for over a year, Phone or email our office to schedule an appointment.

How often do I need a new eye?

The life expectancy of the prosthetic eye is between three and five years. If you have had your eye for five years or longer and are not experiencing pain or discomfort, make an appointment with our office for a check and polish, where we can view the eye and socket and provide you with a professional consultation. If you are receiving discomfort or irritation, phone for an appointment with your Ophthalmologist first and if his recommendation is for a new eye, request a letter of medical necessity. We can then set up an appointment for you to see us at one of our clinics where we will provide a consultation and begin the first steps in creating a new custom prosthetic eye for you. It is at this first clinic date, you will fill out our information form and supply us with the Letter of Medical Necessity and copies of your insurance card(s).





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