Removal of the Prosthesis from the Eye Socket
Listed below are two methods for removing the ocular prosthesis
from the eye socket. Before handling your prosthesis,
we would recommend the following procedure for hygiene care.
Cleansing of your Hands, Eyelids and Eyelashes:
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 your fingertips.
This shampoo destroys bacteria, and it has a neutral pH,
so when you apply the shampoo on a warm wet facecloth to
cleanse the eyelids and eyelashes, there will be no smarting
of the conjunctival tissues. Any secretion on the prosthetic
surface can be wiped off with a tissue.
Method 1 – Removal with Suction Cup:
Step 1. Stand before a mirror.
Drop your chin so you will be looking slightly upward into
Step 2. Moisten the open end
of the suction cup with water and squeeze it halfway up the
barrel with your thumb and index finger.
Step 3. With your other hand,
pull your lower lid as far downward as possible. You
should see most of the white sclera below the iris color.
Step 4. Set the suction cup
flush against this front scleral surface, and then release
the squeezing. The suction cup should be attached to
Step 5. The suction cup is then
held lightly (so not to break the suction). The prosthesis
is then pulled forward past the lower lid and away from the
cavity. Continue the pulling action until the entire
prosthesis is withdrawn from the cavity.
Method 2 – Removal with Fingers:
Step 1. Drop your chin and look
upward into a mirror.
Step 2. Place your forefinger
parallel on or as close to the lower eyelashes as possible,
and begin to pull the lower eyelid down until the edge of
the prosthesis is visible.
Step 3. Continue this inward
pressure (almost a gouging action) while you begin to slide
the finger toward your temple.
Step 4. Cup your other hand
and be prepared to catch the prosthesis as it falls out.
- Never place
the prosthesis in alcohol or other harsh chemical substance,
this can damage the plastic surface and cause irritation
to the conjunctival
- The prosthesis must always be cleansed immediately after
it is removed. This is to prevent further drying of
tears and/or secretion on its surface. Once the prosthesis
is removed, use the facecloth with the 'no more tears' baby
shampoo and rub it briskly. This should remove most
or all of the accumulated protein deposits from the prosthetic