Insertion of Ocular Prosthesis into the Eye Socket
It is easier to insert the ocular prosthesis with the fingers
(for more control), than it is using the suction cup.
Chances are, you may blink or squeeze the lids during this
insertion process, resulting in loss of suction and the possibility
of dropping the prosthesis.
Cleansing of the Hands prior to Insertion
Please be advised that bacteria that frequently causes conjunctivitis
and socket infections exists on the skin. We would
therefore, recommend using a 'no more tears' baby shampoo
for a thorough hand scrub with emphasis on the fingertips.
This shampoo destroys bacteria and it has a neutral pH.
The shampoo should also be applied with a warm wet facecloth
to the ocular prosthesis. You may rub it vigorously
with the facecloth to remove any dried protein deposits on
its surface. Rinse well prior
Insertion of the Ocular Prosthesis with Finger
Step 1. Moisten prosthesis with
water or any contact lens wetting solution (for easier insertion).
Step 2. Hold the prosthesis by the outer edges with the
thumb and forefinger. The index
finger will come into use in Steps 4 to 6.
The black dot (left eye) or
two dots (right eye) indicate
the top of the prosthesis.
Step 3. You may lay a mirror
at an angle so you are looking downward to see your image.
Then place the index or forefinger of your free hand on the
upper eyelashes. Pull the upper eyelid toward the eyebrow.
This will create a large gap.
4. Bring the prosthesis up past your lower eyelid,
and set it flush once it is partially past the lower eyelid
and touching the orbital tissues. You may now place
the index finger on the front of the prosthesis, allowing
you to release the thumb and forefinger hold.
5. Your index finger continues to push the prosthesis
up and under the upper lid and will remain on the prosthesis
until you have complete entry.
Step 6. You
may now release your hold of the upper lid and just pull
the lower lid downward. This allows the entire prosthesis
to slip into the cavity.