Prosthetic eyes - Allergies
Posted by bob5568 on 8/26/2005 at 10:41 AM
My partner has prosthetic eyes and finds them quite irritating on a regular basis. Her doctor tells her she as allergies to the materials they're made of.
Does anyone know of what material variations are available or research into prosthetic eye allergy?
Links to prosthetic eye industry would be appreciated also.
Many thanks in advance,
There are currently 25 replies
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by AFBInfo Center on 8/30/2005 at 4:42 PM
Have you ever contacted The Prosthetic Eye Institute http://www.prostheticeye.com/default.html
Or Prosthetic Eye/Ear/Breast at http://www.ldanieleaton.com/page3.html
They sound like organizations that might be able to help.
You could also try The National Eye Institute at http://www.nei.nih.gov/
This is a government agency involved in a variety of research programs.
Hope this is helpful.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by Alisa on 2/10/2006 at 3:27 PM
Hi. I had much the same problem when I received my prosthesis ten years ago. I developed blepharitis in the lid due to the constant buildup on the prosthesis. The only option I am aware of is an eye made of (actual) glass, which fell out of favor in the 1940s becasue the only appropriate glass comes from Germany. I know in Europe they still make them out of glass, but acrylic is the main material in this country. I gave up on my prosthesis years ago and simply wear an eye patch now. When the blepharitis acts up I use an antibiotic cream and wear a pad under the patch. I get my patches from www.eyepatchstore.com and they are very comfortable and decent looking.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by birkoau on 3/9/2006 at 8:38 AM
I had my eye removed (Melanoma) about 18months ago, and I had a severe problem immediately, with swelling of the tissues and discharge. I was diagnosed as having an infection, and fought it with drops and cleaning etc. etc. I removed the prosthesis permanently on Jan. 2nd
and it took a month for the socket to be anyway normal.
so in February I experimented with wearing it for one hour on Monday, not at all on Tuesday, 2 hours on Wednesday, 3 hours on Thursday, and the swelling and discharge was back. I have not worn it now for about two weeks, and have been using Systane ( lubricating eye drops ) several times daily with some relief, but the eye is still "weeping " most of the time . I wear a soft eye pad,with tissue underneath it unless I am in the privacy of my home.
I will not put the prosthesis in the socket again.
Does this sound like the same re-action others have experienced ?
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by birkoau on 3/11/2006 at 3:57 PM
I ;posted a response several day ago, and now cannot find it or even any possible responses to mine. Where could it be ? birkoau
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by afbinfo on 3/13/2006 at 12:43 PM
To birkoau -
You posted a reply under "desire of wearing an eyepatch" in Eye Conditions. You can do a cut and paste if you want.
When Topics use the same keywords, it can get awfully confusing. Anybody, anytime who has this problem, let us know.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by melgat on 4/16/2007 at 2:58 AM
MY SON BRANDON RECIVED HIS PROSTHETIC EYE WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 3 YEARS OLD DUE TO HAVEING A (BLASTOMER TUMER) IN HIS EYE.
BEING A CHILD HE HAS NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO WEAR HIS EYE AS CHILDREN PICK ON HIM IF ITS NOT IN.
BRANDON IS NOW 11YEARS OLD AND IS SICK OF CLEANING HIS EYE THE GOO BUILDS UP BEHIND THE PROSTHETIC EYE AND LOOKS LIKE NOT TRYING TO SOUND YUK BUT LOOKS LIKE SNOT WHEN IT SEEPS OUT THOUGH THE DAY IT DRIES TO THE SIDE OF HIS EYE AND HURTS TO CLEANIT.
IF ANYBODY STARTS MAKEING EYES FROM GLASS AGAIN IN AUSTRALIA PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I CAN TRY AND MAKE MY LITTLE BOYS LIFE A BIT EASYER
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by normal on 5/3/2007 at 4:11 PM
I have been wearing artificial eyes for 45 years, both glass and acrylic. Honestly, there is no way that one can clean them on a regular basis, without causing major irritation, discomfort, and inflamation. Believe it or not, one of the easiest methods I've found to clean these eyes, is to train my dog to lick them when they get extremely gooey. I've trained my dog well, for some reason, don't know why, something in the dog's saliva cleans out the dust, pollin, etc., and the eyes feel much better afterword. I was told, the last time I visited my eye doctor, back in 2001, before I moved here to Jamaica, that they no longer make these eyes out of glass, it's no wonder, when I was a young child, I accidentally dropped a glass one in the washbasin, and it broke, so, after that, never had another one of glass. Nathan Normal, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by jack8 on 9/20/2007 at 3:29 AM
There was a chap in Adelaide,at Christies Beach who makes artificial eyes from glass.He did one for me about 7 years ago & completely changed my lifestyle.He previously worked for the Adelaide University for 15 years .
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by InToXiCaTiOn on 1/20/2008 at 3:52 PM
Im 14 years old and i've had a prosetic eye since i was 3 and I've never trully had any problems everyone in my school finds it really cool and they always ask me to take it out you need them cleaned yearlly and a new one around every 2-3 years depending on fast you grow
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by Mommy2ShayNJay on 1/6/2009 at 8:37 PM
I have my 3 year old that has secondary neovascular glaucoma, her pressure is uncontrolable and she sometimes haves serve pain in her eye. The doctor recommends we remove it but I am so confused because she does fine most of the time. Please help me with what you would do if you were the mommy with your current experience with a prothetic eye..Thank you~
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by LaceMarie on 3/5/2009 at 11:48 AM
I lost my eye when I was 16 years old. I got hit in the face by a stray pellet. I have been in a lot of pain lately. It has been three years, and I have never had a problem. Once I took out my prosthetic eye, the swelling and discomfort dissipated. I am going to try to leave it out but I feel so uncomfortable leaving it out....
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by one eyed steez on 3/8/2009 at 9:36 PM
im 16 years old and i fell on a pice of metla when i was only 1 year old and when i was 11 my eye had more problomes so they had to remove it so now i ahve a prostetic eye and mine gets kinda gooy but not bad and it is made out of glass on the outside but then has this kind of yellow clay liek stuff on the inside so is that considered to be made of glass?
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by SanMiguelGto on 3/19/2009 at 4:04 PM
Possible alternative to acrylic
I am allergic to phenol which I told is used in acrylics.
I just learned that they are now making prosthetic eyes from silicone.
Their website is http://flexiglasseye.com/contact.html
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by SaxyJo on 4/7/2009 at 1:37 PM
I had my right eye removed in 1998 due to severe glaucoma. One the one hand it was fantastic to get rid of the pain, however if the pain had been controlled, knowing what I know now I would never have had it removed. It takes a long time for the eye socket to settle, if you end up with a 'wet' socket, this is the weeping, it causes a lot of pain and unfortunately doesn't go away.
I'm praying for eye transplant technology to catch up with other transplant areas.
Hope that is of help.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by SaxyJo on 4/7/2009 at 1:51 PM
Apologies LaceMaire, i meant my response to go to Mommy2ShayNJay.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by willy40 on 2/10/2010 at 4:17 AM
To: the person with son with high eye pressure .
Dont remove the eye if you can avoid it, its not nice to wear a prosthetic and one eyed vision is not that hot.
There is the best eye hospital in the world in Birmingham Alabama Dr morrisson resides there you can find it when you google eye trauma. Im in new zealand i lost an eye 2 years ago due to accident and prosthetic drives me crazy i thought i might find some solutions here hope someone has one ,
My plastic prosthetic is not comfortable I tryed Ocu- Glide silicon eye drops but they did not work for me caused irritation and discharge and a waste of 80 dollars.
Ive had blepharitis since ive had my prosthitic i wished i kept my damaged eye now and i wish i had known about the hospital in birmingham alabama when i had my accident.
I find the only relief i can get is to avoid touching the eyes use hot compress twice a day and wash the lids with baby shampoo then rub castor oil onto the lids.
this helps with blepharitis and seems to give the prosthetic a bit of lube and lasts most of the day ,
however the eyes get irritated in the evening has anyone got any other ideas?
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by bagger on 4/27/2010 at 11:06 AM
This is a resource that has been helpful for my daughter who was in a traffic accident two years ago.
Both eyes match closely and me being her father I can barely tell the difference.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by kileysmom on 6/1/2010 at 9:30 PM
this is to mommy2shaynjay.... i def agree with whomever said that removal is last resort. unfortunately we had to take that route in feb when our 2yr old was diagnosed with retino blastoma and the chemo wsnt working. the Wills eye center in philaadelphia is amazing. dr shields is so on point. i never had so much faith in a medical doctor ever!!!! since the tumor in kileys eye was so big she had some sort of a glaucoma with extreme pressure and within 2 weeks after seeing dr shields her pressure was gone and her eye no longer was bulging out. enucleation is a huge decision to make for ur child for the rest of their life and it's something that not only the child but the parents as well have to live with, just b sure u dont want to have any regrets. make sure u know u have exhausted all options and tried all u could to save it. having kileys eye removed has not slowed her down in the slightest and she doesnt seem to feel any different from other kids or us. well all our hopes and love go out to ur family. good luck and if u feel u want to talk with a mother going through the process feel free to contact me. i wish i had someone to talk to in the begining of all this. my email is email@example.com
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by Many? on 9/5/2010 at 10:19 PM
hi, I'm new to this as my name says I have many questions. lol. I have had a detached retina in my left eye almost 30yrs and I have grown tired of the stares and screams of children and adults alike. As a mother and wife I have the desire to be "normal". My family is great with dealing with my condition but I feel it's time for a change. My child has begun school and I want to spare him the embarassment. Can someone pls tell me where I can begin my search for a prothetic. Any and all information is greatly appreciated.
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by amberc on 12/20/2010 at 12:39 AM
Posted by many???
I was in the exact same situation as you. I had an accident when I was 4 years old and lost the vision in my right eye.. I had several surgeries to try to make my eye look normal. I spent my entire life with an eye that had a detached retina and sticthes in it. I was very tired of the stares and questions. The pressure in my eye was unbearable and the nerves in my eye were starting to show. So, i had no other option but to have it removed. I thought I would look so normal. I deffinetly look better. But, I was dissapointed with the way it looked. It really doesnt move well and in some photos I look cross eyed. I have alot of problems with my eye weeping. I am greatful that there was an option to have it removed and the pain gone. But I am not sure the prostetic is better.It is such a hard decision. Just go into it knowing that it won't ever be totally normal. I hope this helps. I can post pics if you want. Amber
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by jenniferD on 2/22/2011 at 10:37 AM
I've read that some people have had success in flushing with saline solution or artificial tears. These products are sterilized, so they (in theory) shouldn't add irritation, as long as moisture isn't held in by patches. It seems like everyone has their own personal remedies for this. Good luck. Mrs. J, http://www.vending.com
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by theindiancoffeeco on 3/22/2011 at 5:49 AM
Re:Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by theindiancoffeeco on 3/22/2011 at 5:50 AM
Re: Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by TheBlind.US on 9/15/2012 at 12:55 PM
Im waiting for cloned eyes. Though I think they will still need nanites to make the millions of connections from the back of the eye to the optic nerve.
Re: Prosthetic eyes - AllergiesPosted by n7zzt on 1/25/2014 at 7:08 PM
I happen to be a bilateral prosthetics wearer. I have gone through 3 sets in about as many years (both eyes were removed due to ongoing damage from an aggressive eye infection). I was very low vision before and being total wasn't that big a transition. The major problem I have with acrylic is that I can only wear these things about 6 days and then I need to leave them out for a whole day (and soak them). THis last set I am wearing is, so far, the best fitting I have. I would like to be able to wear them longer, but my lids and sockets won't handle that without getting irritated.
I have been hearing about silicone ocular prosthetics and am wondering if anyone here has any experience with them. ABout the only problem I have will be the insurance. They tried to balk the last time I had to have a proper fitting set made.
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