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Indications and characteristics for an artificial eye


  • with congenital anophthalmos (missing eye)
  • with congenital microphthalmos (too small eye)
  • with blind eye
  • with acquired disfigured eye
  • with acquired anophthalmos due to a operative peeling, e.g. B. a tumor or the eyeball
  • with a primary or secondary implant
  • after injury, chemical burns or burns
  • with exenteratio orbitae (removal of the eyeball from the eye socket)
  • after cavity surgery or transplantation
  • protection of the eye socket
  • prevention of Shrinkage tendencies
  • in children support of the growth process
  • in the growth process in connection with facial symmetry


The artificial eye is used for rehabilitation in the event of loss of a visual organ due to various eye injuries and diseases as well as congenital malformations When fitting an eye prosthesis, it is not absolutely necessary that the eyeball has been removed. An eye prosthesis protects the eye socket and prevents shrinkage.
The physical and psychological impairment associated with the loss of an eye must also be taken into account as an indication.

Features / Components:

Interim prostheses are used within 10 days postoperatively, e.g. B. Hole prostheses or Illig shells.
The first custom-made eye prosthesis can be obtained within four to six weeks after the operation.
  • the adjustment is generally not painful, but unusual
  • the prosthesis is flexible according to the 6 eye muscles
  • the The color of an eye prosthesis does not change and does not fade
  • the iris drawing is made of different colored glasses
  • the drawing is covered with crystal glass and therefore color-fast
  • natural shine is favored by the permanent (moist) lid closure
  • the special glasses are biocompatible
  • glasses are tested for body compatibility
  • the glasses meet the requirements of the MPG
  • use plastic eyes only in exceptional cases
  • reasons for wear and tear of the eye prosthesis
  • if worn, a new one is made
  • a suitable replacement artificial eye should always be available
  • As a rule, an artificial eye can also be worn at night
  • when wearing it s No lubricants are required for the eyes
  • blinking keeps the eye permanently moist

If there is increased tear discharge, itching in the orbit and on the eyelid margins, it indicates that the eye prosthesis is worn.
How long should one wear eye prostheses?
With careful care The eye prosthesis can be worn for 1 to 1.5 years; more frequent adjustments are necessary for children and adolescents due to their growth (about every 6 months). After this time, a renewal is recommended from both a medical and an aesthetic point of view. Wearing an eye prosthesis that is too old or damaged inevitably leads to impairment of the eye socket. If you have any concerns, you should ask your ophthalmologist. If necessary, based on a corresponding finding of the conjunctiva, a prescription for a new preparation is issued. Only regular ophthalmologic checks and timely replacement of the eye prosthesis by the experienced eye prosthetist can ensure your quality of life in this regard.

Information on eye prosthetists:
  • in the yellow pages under eye prosthetics or artificial eyes
  • ophthalmologist
  • professional association of German eye prosthetists (BVDA ) eV

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Last Update: 16 Apr 2021