Prosthetic Eye Implants
An ocular prosthesis, or artificial eye, is used to replace an absent natural eye.
Prosthetic eye surgery is a cosmetic aesthetic surgery. It is composed of two parts: the round orbital implant, which is not visible, and the prosthesis, which looks like the natural eye. The prosthesis is a convex shell that is supported by the orbital implant. It is usually made of plastic (acrylic) and is designed to give the eye and surrounding tissues a more natural appearance.
An ocular prosthesis does not provide vision. This cosmetic surgery procedure is performed on those who have monocular (one-sided) vision following an enucleation, evisceration, or orbital exenteration.
- Enucleation – Removal of the eye while preserving all other orbital structures
- Evisceration – Removal of the eye contents with the scleral shell and other eye muscles intact
- Exenteration – Removal of the entire contents of the eye socket, including the eyeball, eyelids, and sometimes the surrounding skin
About Prosthetic Eye Implants
Custom artificial eyes are hand-crafted by highly skilled ocularists to precisely match the look of the natural eye. While artificial eyes have been made for thousands of years, the first orbital implants were developed about 100 years ago.
A remarkable similarity was noticed between the porous structure of southern ocean coral species and that of human bone. Soon after this discovery, a method was developed to modify the mineral in coral to match that of human bone, known as hydroxyapatite (abbreviated HA).
"I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Cole and his wonderful staff. I was referred for an eye issue and from day 1, I was treated with kind and compassionate care. Everything he was going to do during surgery was explained throughly and there were no unanswered questions. From my first visit to my post op visit, I received the best care. Julia called a couple of times after surgery to follow up and make sure I was comfortable. I more than highly recommend Oculus plastic surgery over and over again!"- E.P. / Google / Mar 30, 2022
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"From the initial consultation speaking with Julia, I KNEW I’d chosen the BEST place. She was very patient, knowledgeable and held my hand all the way up to my visit with Dr. Cole and Jenny, his warm smile and suggestions made me confident that I scheduled my appointment for surgery before leaving the office. I had a cheek lift and blepharoplasty on December 22, they were so comforting, and occasional follow ups between visits made my recovery even more satisfactory. The picture in the black was taken December 14, 2020 and the picture in the white was taken February 20, 2022. Talking about AHHMAZING results and reversing the time. Julia, Jenny and Dr. Cole are an exceptional DREAM TEAM!"- K.R. / Google / Feb 21, 2022
"Every one at this practice is wonderful. They listen to you and are really helpful about your concerns with your surgery. Dr. Cole is a great doctor."- E.M. / Google / Jan 21, 2022
The Bio-Eye® Hydroxyapatite Orbital Implant
Dr. Cole prefers the Bio-Eye® Hydroxyapatite Orbital Implant; a unique, patented implant released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989. Dr. Cole was part of the original research team using this implant to help gain approval for human advancement. The eye muscles can be attached directly to this implant, allowing it to move within the orbit just like a natural eye.