Most prosthetic eyes look good and cause very little trouble in use. Sometimes however, the socket is distorted due to scarring or through recession of the eye socket over time. These ‘complicated sockets’ present a challenge to the prosthetist and to the oculo-plastic surgeon. Surgical procedures provide more scope for improvement than modifying the prosthesis alone, but they too are often constrained by pre-existing conditions. The best outcomes are obtained when surgeons and prosthetists adopt a team approach to the problems and build upon each others’ contributions.
It is not vanity that motivates anophthalmic patients to seek cosmetic surgery but a simple desire to blend naturally into the community
– just like the rest of us.