When should a patient see an ocularist?

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After Enucleation or Evisceration Surgery

Four to six weeks after enucleation or evisceration surgery, the ocularist may insert a temporary prosthesis or begin fabricating a custom-made prosthesis.


When the prosthesis is misaligned, the ocularist may adjust the gaze by adding or removing plastic from the prosthesis.

Scratches, Deposits or Excessive Discharge

When noticing scratches or deposits on the prosthesis, or if the patient complains of excessive discharge, the ocularist may machine polish the prosthesis to restore comfort.


When the patient’s prosthesis appears sunken or their upper eyelid droops, the ocularist may enlarge the prosthesis to obtain symmetry.

General Discomfort or Age of Prosthesis

When the prosthesis is older than five years, or when the patient is experiencing excessive discharge, slippage, or general discomfort, the prosthesis may need replacement. (Plastic prosthetic eyes have a typical life of three to five years for adults and two to three years for children).

Care & Hygiene

When your patient is unclear about care of the prosthesis, the ocularist will determine the patient’s individual daily hygiene.