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Glass or Acrylic?
Different care is required for each

 

Care and cleaning instructions for ocular prostheses made of glass:

 

The prosthesis should be cleaned once a day with clean, slightly warm water. Please do not use water that is excessively hot or cold and never use caustic solutions or hard items to clean it.

 

For stubborn stains your ocularist will advise you on suitable cleaning agents.

 

Thoroughly rinse and dry the prosthesis with a soft paper towel to remove any remaining dirt particles after cleaning. Before reinserting the prosthesis into the socket it should be moistened.

 

When you do not wear your prosthesis you should keep it safe and dry in a closed container.

 

Please consult your ocularist on whether you should wear the prosthesis night and day. Each case is different and there are no hard and fast rules we can provide here.




 

 

Glass or Acrylic?
Different care is required for each

 

Care and cleaning instructions for ocular prostheses made of acrylic:

 

PMMA prostheses can be worn all the time but should be taken out once a month for cleaning.

 

Having removed the prosthesis from the socket you should apply some ph-balanced baby shampoo on your fingers and give the prosthesis a thorough rub. The water temperature does not matter.

 

Then rinse the prosthesis clean using fresh water and reinsert into the socket or place into a container with a lid or cover for safekeeping.













 

     
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How to insert and remove your ocular prosthesis.
With a little bit of practice you will find it very easy.

 

Never forget to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your prosthesis with your fingers.

 

Always place a soft cloth (or a towel) below your face before removing the prosthesis to avoid damage. Ideally, you should never handle your prosthesis above the washbasin or stone or tiled floors. Your prosthesis might become scratched and glass prostheses break easily upon impact with hard, non-resilient surfaces.

 

To start with, you may find that inserting your prosthesis takes some getting used to. After a short while, however, and with a little bit of practice it will soon be no problem at all anymore.

 

Nevertheless, if difficulties arise it is our urgent advice that you consult your ocularist.

 

 

How to insert the prosthesis:

 

(1) Moisten your prosthesis.
(2) Pull your upper lid upward with your left hand and place the prosthesis on the lower lid.
(3) Push the prosthesis as far upwards into the orbit as possible.
(4) Retain prosthesis in this position with your left hand and pull out the lower lid from under it.
(5) Your prosthesis will now slide automatically into its correct position.
 















 

     
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How to remove your prosthesis:

 

(6) Gaze upwards and place left index finger onto prosthesis.
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(7) Place your right index finger onto the lower lid edge and push the lid underneath the lower edge of the prosthesis.
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(8) Alternatively: Use a blunt instrument and slide it underneath the lower edge of prosthesis to lever it out with utmost care. (You can obtain a suitable tool to do this from your ocularist).
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What can you do if you get problems in spite of having taken every conceivable precaution?

 

What to do if your ocular prosthesis gets damaged:
Ocular prosthesis made of glass cannot be repaired. Please never reinsert a glass prosthesis that has become damaged in any way as you might risk injury. Acrylic prostheses can be repaired or polished up in some cases. This decision should always be left to your ocularist, however.

 

What to do if your glass prosthesis has broken:
Carefully gather together all glass shards, place in a container and bring them to your appointment. Your ocularist can still use them as a model when fitting a new prosthesis for you.

 

What can you do when your socket has become inflamed:
Insufficient lid closure or prostheses that are worn for too long at a time can cause inflammation. Also deposit accruing on the surface of prostheses, scratch marks, roughness or environmental factors can irritate the socket and eventually result in inflammations.

 

If your socket becomes sore or inflamed please contact your ophthalmologist or ocularist immediately.

 

What can you do if you have lost your prosthesis or if it has become irretrievably damaged:
In this case there is only one thing you can do – call your ocularist and make an appointment so that a new prosthesis can be fitted.

 

Whenever difficulties arise with your prosthesis or socket, please never forget to:
always get in touch with your ophthalmologist or ocularist. They are the only experts who can give you the advice you need when there are problems.