Fitting of Prosthesis
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Personal consultation during which we get to know your needs is the prerequisite for the fitting of your prosthesis.

 

Each patient requires the individual attention and care of their ocularist. Regardless of whether they have lost their eye through sickness, injury or congenital defects, each patient expects correction by true professionals.

 

Ocularists distinguish between:
– the loss of an eye
– shrunken eyeballs.

In the case of a complete loss of eye a hollow prostheses will be fitted. If the eyeball is still in the socket it will be covered by a thin shell-like prosthesis.

 

Best results regarding the fabrication and fitting of ophthalmic prostheses can only be achieved if patients present themselves in person at the institute and after thorough consultation. After all, each prosthesis is a uniquely handcrafted product and designed to fit the particular socket of the patient.










Die Orbita-Sprechstunde

 

 

Consultation at the Clinic

 

Together with ophthalmologists we offer this special service to our patients. At the University Clinic in Tübingen (UKT), the Military Hospital (Bundeswehrkrankenhaus) in Ulm and in Switzerland we closely cooperate with oculoplastic surgeons and can therefore offer consultation together with all the experts involved in the process before, during and after surgery and fitting of the prostheses.

 

The idea behind this is that if we carefully plan the process as a team we can obtain much better results for our patients, medically as well as from the point of view of prosthetics. Well ahead of the intervention we can discuss what might be the best procedure and which steps may be necessary to facilitate the subsequent fitting and fabrication of the prosthesis.

 

The expertise of both specialists can thus be harnessed with best effects for the therapy. The medical needs, technical possibilities of ocularistry and the patient's own wishes are discussed and explored together with the patient so that the best possible solution can be found for them.

 

Dr. med. Klaus J. Lipke, Oberfeldarzt, Ulm
www.ocubelle.de
PD. Dr. med. Dorothea Besch, Tübingen
www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de
PD. Dr. Frank Schüttauf, Tübingen
www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de
Dr. med. Georg von Arx; Olten (CH)
www.admedico.ch
Dr. med. Dagmar Ammann, St. Gallen
www.kssg.ch
Prof. David Goldblum
www.unispital-basel.ch

 

 

How we custom-fit and fabricate your ocular prosthesis.

 

Irrespective of which material is used, each artificial eye is custom-fitted and fabricated for each individual patient and therefore always conforms to your needs and preferences.

 

Before this step, however, it is important that you first consult an ophthalmologist. He will write out a prescription for the ocular prosthesis and recommend an ocularist. If, following a disease or accident, the injured eye has already been surgically removed, a temporary prosthesis will be fitted three to five days after surgery.

 

This must be worn for approximately 6 to 8 weeks or until all swollen and reddened areas of the wound have disappeared. During this time you will be getting used to your prosthesis and learn how to handle it.

 

After an extensive discussion of what type of prosthesis will work best for you, you will sit at the side of the ocularist's work desk and watch your prosthesis being made. This way, you actually take part in the making of your prosthesis.

 

Based on the reference model – which is your other eye – the colouring of the eye is faithfully reproduced. When this is done, an approximate shape of the prosthesis is formed and then fitted to the socket.

 

In this way, through an exacting and continuous process, an ocular prosthesis is developed, step by step, and refined and completed, until it almost perfectly resembles the shape and colour of the healthy eye and results in a harmonious synthesis with your face.