Facial/orbital prosthesis is an artificial replacement of an eye, ear, nose or other portion of the face that restores normal appearance. The prosthesis is custom made of medical grade silicone rubber to suit and fit the individual patient.
Modern artificial eyes are made from Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) – a hard durable plastic, and not glass as many people still think of artificial eyes being made from.
Glass eyes have a comparatively short lifespan of approximately 24 months. Socket secretions and tears will gradually etch the surface of the glass eye, and such imperfections are impossible to polish off leaving no alternative but to replace the eye.
Acrylic eyes are the preferable choice, providing a much better fit. They can be cut, polished and adjusted for comfort, the colour is easier matched to the existing eye, and they are not as fragile as glass eyes, Acrylic eyes are also easier to maintain.