If a child is born Anophthalmic or severely Microphthalmic, it is usually recommended that a prosthesis be fitted as soon as possible. The shape of the prosthetic helps to promote bone and tissue growth in and around the eye socket, which is important as your child grows.
Prosthetic eyes are usually made of acrylic and they can be painted to look like real eyes, also helping with cosmetic appearance. If a child has some vision, or light perception in the eye, then clear acrylic shapes are often used to maintain that vision.
Dr John Pacey Lowrie volunteers for MACS and has over 25 years' experience in all aspects of ocular prosthetics. If you are a family member with a question for John, about prosthetics or any other aspect of your or your child's eye condition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and he will respond by email or phone. Please be aware that John runs his own clinic and his response may not always be immediate.
A visit to the prosthetics team to have an eye or eyes made and fitted is one of the most difficult things MACS children have to go through. To make this experience a little easier, we have produced a book, My Eye Man, which follows Katie on her journey to get a new eye.
This book has been great, my son's nursery has read it to all the other children and it has really helped them understand things too.
It's hard to see your children suffer, so we understand that mums, dads and other family members or carers can find this process traumatic too. Please download a PDF copy of Prosthetic Eyes, Transforming Lives which gives more information on every stage of the process.