Eyes prothetics

Even the ancient Egyptians considered the human eye to be one of the most important senses. Because of that they have tried to replace the removed eye with the eye prosthesis. In the 19th century eye prostheses made of glass were developed and it made significant improvement in the correction of facial proportions. This material was subject to continuous improvements in order to meet the demanding task of creating a prosthetic eye.

It consists of the whites of the eyes, the cornea and iris with blood vessels, and it looks just like existing eye or the one person once had. Ocular prosthesis can be of different shapes and sizes and are usually divided into solid and shell. Given the large individual differences, it is best to have tailor made prosthesis. That way, the size and shape are determined by the size and shape of the cavity – conjunctive bag, fly of the eye and eyelid.

A good prosthesis should have sclerotic and iris of the same size and color and also the same amount of blood vessels as in healthy eye. However, due to scars after injury, inflammation or surgery, frequently there are cosmetic deviations on eyelids or conjunctiva, lumps, flagging lower eyelid, atrophic eyelids and similar conditions, which inhibit the development of an ideal prosthesis and require planned variations (e.g., a shift in the iris in too wide fly of the eye, larger or smaller diameter of the iris or oval iris, darker white of the eye and bigger pupils in the night prosthesis, etc.).

Some cosmetic differences may be, more or less, corrected, and some may not. Therefore, the prosthesis is often a compromise between what the patient wants and what can realistically be done. In any case, the goal is that the patient feels better with the prosthesis than without it. For the patient its aesthetic appearance is the most important, although it has some therapeutic function also, and with children it allows normal orbital growth.

Through long year practice in the field of the eye prosthetics, I have noticed that some people do not wear eye prosthesis, but also those people who wear them do not regularly change.
I think that the regular changing of glass eye prostheses helps avoiding hydrolytic degradation of prostheses, phthisis of the eyelid and inflammatory processes.

Our long-time associates, experts - optical prosthetics from Augenprothetik Lauscha, Germany, come several times a year to the Croatian Association of the Blind, where we make individually measured glass ocular prosthesis.

The product range of company Augenprothetik Lauscha includes not only individual production of eye prosthesis on the spot but also clinical needs and ocular prostheses from the collection. In April of 2009. the company Augenprothetik Lauscha GmbH received certificates for the individual production of eye prosthesis by management quality system standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.

If you have not changed your glass ocular prosthesis for a longer period or you have never worn it and there is a need, you would like to try it and wear later, you can call us every day from Monday to Friday at the Croatian Association of the Blind, Draškovićeva 80, Zagreb, Croatia
Cabinet Ocular prosthetics phone number: 385-1-48 12 505

10000 Zagreb, Draskovićeva 80, POB 736
Phone : + 385 1 48 12 501, Fax: + 385 1 48 12 507
E-mail: hrvatski@savez-slijepih.hr

(monday and thursday 8-12h)
Vinka Hrgovčić
+ 385 1 48 12 505

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