Your ocular prosthesis was made individually for you and optimally adapted to your eye socket. It is a part of you – so treat it carefully. This is very easy if you follow the information below precisely:
Cleaning – all you need is water
Unless otherwise agreed with your ocularist, you should thoroughly clean your prosthesis once a day. Only use clear, lukewarm drinking water for this purpose. We urgently recommend you do not use hot or cold water as extreme temperature fluctuations can affect the durability of the material. Do not use any corrosive liquids or hard objects for cleaning. If stubborn dirt is present, soak the artificial eye for approximately 10 minutes. You can use antibacterial fluids that contain alcohol, such as alcohol-based disinfectants. Do not forget to thoroughly rinse and clean your prosthesis with clear water again.
Storage – keep it dry
If you are not wearing your artificial eye, store it dry in a sealed container. Please note: The artificial eye should not be stored in water! Please ask your ocularist in any event whether you can wear your artificial eye day and night.
The right place – no cleaning in the bathroom!
Artificial eyes made of glass are very stable and have a very low risk of breakage. However, like any glass object, they are breakable. Therefore the prosthesis should not be removed or cleaned in the bathroom. If the artificial eye falls in the wash basin or onto tiles, it will almost always end up broken. Even the use of towels or water in the wash basin has proven inadequate protection. We recommend you use a plastic bowl with lukewarm water in a carpeted room when cleaning your artificial eye.
Your artificial eye is broken – now what?
If your artificial eye does break, please contact us as soon as possible. It is not possible to repair a damaged prosthesis, your ocularist will create a new artificial eye for you. If possible, bring all the fragments so that they can be used as a template for a new eye. Please visit us personally in the institute, so that we can adapt the new prosthesis optimally to your eye socket. If this is not possible, please contact us.
Further information about care can be found in our brochure: Instructions for the handling of artificial eyes made of glass.