Information About Fake Eyes You Need To Know

Fake eyes or eye prostheses are artificial eyes that are installed for someone who has lost eyes.

Fake eyes can be used by men and women of all ages. 

Accidents or illnesses can not only cause a person to lose sight, but also lose their eyeballs. This situation can reduce self-confidence due to unusual appearance.

Although it cannot restore vision, false eyes can make the appearance return to normal and restore self-confidence. The fake eye in question is not spherical, but only an outer arch with images of white and black eyes that look like real.

Before installing false eyes, you need to undergo eyeball implants (orbital implants) first. This aims to fill the eye cavity, then the fake eye can be used. Orbital implants can be done with synthetic materials or fat grafts that come from the patient's own body. To make false eyes, you can meet the okularis, which is someone who is an expert in making false eyes.

How to use fake eyes

After undergoing an eyeball implant and making false eyes, you can install false eyes independently at home. The installation of false eyes can be done by following the method:

  1. Wash hands first.
  2. Wash fake eyes with special soap and warm water.
  3. Dry fake eyes.
  4. Hold the false eye between your thumb and middle finger, then lift the upper eyelid with the other hand.
  5. Insert the top of the false eye into the upper eyelid.
  6. Hold the fake eye with the index finger, while the other hand pulls the lower eyelid so that the false eye enters the lower eyelid.

In addition to installing it yourself, you can also remove your own fake eyes. In general, removing false eyes can be done in two ways, using a suction bowl and without a suction bowl. To be clearer, see the following methods:

Without using a suction bowl 

  1. Wash hands first.
  2. Pull the lower eyelid using the index finger.
  3. Look up and the fake eye will come out through the lower eyelid.

Using a suction bowl

  1. Wet the suction bowl first with clean water.
  2. Squeeze the handle of the bowl and press the surface of the false eyeball with the mouth of the bowl.
  3. Remove the squeeze slowly and make sure the bowl's mouth attaches to the false eye.
  4. Pull the lower eyelid and remove the false eye through the lower eyelid. 

Fake Eye Care

Fake eyes can also cause allergic reactions and inflammation, especially if the cleanliness is not maintained. Some signs of inflammation that need to be aware of are watery eyes , as well as pain and swelling in the eye area.

To prevent inflammation, follow these tips in treating false eyes:

  • Wash fake eyes once a month with a special soap that is soft and not erosive.
  • Fake eyes can be used when sleeping, unless an ophthalmologist provides other instructions.
  • Use a suction bowl when placing or removing fake eyes.
  • Don't remove pairs of false eyes too often.
  • Put lubricant eye drops on the fake eye.
  • Check the fake eye with the okularis once a year.
  • Change fake eyes once every 5 years.
  • Visit the okularis if the fake eyeball feels loose, to be adjusted again.

Especially for children, it is recommended more often to check the fake eye to the okularis. This is because the eye cavity in children is still growing, so fake eyeballs can become loose.

The following are recommendations for checking:

  • For children under 3 years, check 3-4 times a year.
  • For children 3 years and above, check twice a year.

You can feel uncomfortable at the beginning of using fake eyes, but eventually you will get used to it. In addition to checking the fake eye to the okularis, you are also encouraged to visit an ophthalmologist once every 6 months to monitor eye health. Immediately consult an ophthalmologist if there is inflammation of the eye.

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