There’s no easy answer, generally the socket must stay well lubricated as dryness can result in a host of complications, one being a condition called Giant papillary conjunctivitis.
This is most debilitating for artificial eye wearers as it results in a thick, sticky discharge and can only be treated properly on removal of the artificial eye for a lengthy period of time. A medicated drop/ointment is often advised if such a condition occurs. To prevent this situation would be to visit to your prosthetist/ocularist once a year (sometimes once every 3-6 months if you suffer from dryness or other problems) your prosthetist/ocularist can examine your prosthesis, socket tissue, and cleaning regimen with you as well as give other suggestions.
It is not uncommon to experience dryness and irritation in smoky atmospheres as well as air-conditioned rooms or rooms with central heating. In some areas for instance, summer could promote more of a problem with the dry, hot, windy conditions and the high pollen count in early summer. Hay fever as well as other allergies can also cause irritation to the socket, and sadly antihistamines can cause further dryness. It is always a good idea to use a good lubricant. Contact your nearest prosthetist/ocularist for more info about lubricants. Please remember the front and back surface of the prosthesis must always be smooth and shiny.
We have found that the most common cause for losing an artificial eye is in the sea – be careful when body surfing, surfing or skiing! Generally, an artificial eye should not dislodge or “fall out” if properly fitted.
It’s not unusual for a patient to suffer from latent psychological shock from the loss of the eye, even years later. It is advisable to speak to a counsellor or psychologist about this.
Although many artificial eye wearers choose not to wear glasses, it could be a consideration as they are an added protection and can even add to the final cosmetic appearance. We can advise patients on
accessories or ways to improve the overall cosmesis.
For any queries about your facial or orbital prosthesis contact your facial prosthetist/ocularist.
Finally, have your sighted eye checked regularly (at least once a year) by your eye care practitioner or ophthalmologist.