Information on prosthetic eyes

Image shows child with a MACS condition holding a prosthetic shell
Image shows My Eye Man book

Prosthetic eyes

If a child has Anophthalmia or severe Microphthalmia, 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.

My Eye Man - resource for children

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.

Please download a PDF copy of My Eye Man here for your child or visit our shop to order a hard copy.

Resources for parents and carers

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.

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Additional support from MACS

If you would like to find out more information on that topic, MACS can put you in touch with clinical advisors who will be able to advise on all aspects of ocular prosthetics. Please contact