If you’ve heard of congenital anophthalmia and microphthalmia, chances are that you know someone who has these conditions. If you haven’t, congenital anophthalmia is a condition where a person is missing one or both eyes. On the other hand, microphthalmia refers to having a small or underdeveloped eye.
Both are similar, so these conditions are formed as a result of abnormalities in chromosomes during the fetus’ development. While they may seem unlikely to happen, a recent study estimates that anophthalmia or microphthalmia may be present in 1 in every 10,000 live births. In this blog post, we discuss the best ocular prosthesis for congenital anophthalmia and microphthalmia.
What are Anophthalmia and Microphthalmia?
As mentioned above, anophthalmia and microphthalmia are conditions of the eye that some people are born with. This is a serious condition and can lead to blindness or vision loss if the patient doesn’t seek help.
Unfortunately, there’s no available treatment to bring vision back or to create a new eye for those born with anophthalmos or microphthalmos. However, early detection can help babies and kids with these conditions to develop eyes as normally as possible.
How Anophthalmia and Microphthalmia Can Be Managed
There isn’t a treatment available for these conditions, so patients will need to seek help quickly to help manage their symptoms. Here are a few options to consider to assist with anophthalmia and microphthalmia.
If a baby is born with just one eye, an option to take could be to provide safety goggles or glasses to protect the eye from any injury.
A child with microphthalmia may still be able to see from the smaller eye. One way to help their sight improve is through the use of a patch, which can force the brain to use it to the best of its ability.
Children and babies born with anophthalmia or microphthalmia might need conformers. These special devices may help their eye socket to properly develop. They can also wear a prosthetic eye to continue the healthy growth of their eye socket.
To make their eye socket bigger, a child with anophthalmia or microphthalmia could need surgery. Doing this may also help their devices fit better or fill out the eye socket.
Why Choose a Prosthetic Eye?
Prosthetic eyes are artificially made eyes made from tough plastic acrylic, which is custom-made for the patient to replicate a normal eye. Detailed attention is provided by an ocularist to ensure that the prosthetic eye is shaped and molded to match the patient’s socket perfectly. The colors are also made to match the pattern of the other eye’s iris.
A missing or damaged eye can lead to disfigurement on our face, which is why creating a prosthetic is essential. Implanting a prosthetic not only helps the face keep its shape but can also help to improve the patient’s appearance. Furthermore, a patient can feel more confident about the way they look when using custom ocular prosthetics.
Who are Custom Prosthetic Eyes Suitable for?
A custom ocular prosthesis will almost always be recommended for the following circumstances:
- The patient has a Phthisic (damaged or sunken) eye
- The patient has lost their eye as a result of surgery, accident, cancer, trauma
- The patient has smaller eyes without the potential for vision (Microphthalmos)
- The patient is completely missing the eye (Anophthalmos)
- The patient has an eye infection, tumor, or glaucoma
Trust Specialty Facial Prosthetics for Custom Prosthetic Eyes
With nearly 100 years of experience in ocular and maxillofacial prosthetics, we are the top company in the industry that everyone trusts. After pioneering the Facial Reconstruction Splint, the LaFuente expanding Conformer, and the dilating eye, we’ve established our authority as leaders in our area of expertise.
As a result, we aren’t just respected in our community but are also known to have high standards of craftsmanship when it comes to prosthesis services. We don’t just create custom prosthetics because we’re good at what we do — we also want to change lives, one eye at a time.
Our natural-looking and realistic prosthetics are designed to look exactly like the patient’s eye. Moreover, the prosthesis procedures we provide are 100% safe and are carefully performed to ensure each patient’s comfort.
Be sure to talk to one of our experts today for your step-by-step guide in how we develop our custom prosthetic eyes. We’ll do everything we can to help avoid confusion while making the whole process as simple and easy for you.
Call Us at Specialty Facial Prosthetics Today
Through our cutting-edge technology, superior craftsmanship, and great customer service, we’ve worked for years to transform the lives of our patients. Our custom-made prosthetic eyes have helped hundreds of individuals feel confident about the way they look. If needed, our team can also create prostheses on the same day as your appointment, so give us a call at 813-652-6757 to get started.