Frequently Asked Questions

Ocular Prosthetic Designs is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality, cost effective care. We know there are many questions you may have before you come to our clinic, so please explore our FAQs page for detailed information.

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What happens at my first appointment?

Your first appointment is for evaluation and getting to know you and your story. Most of the time, an impression can be taken at the first appointment, which is used to make your custom ocular prosthesis. The process and details of being fit with a prosthetic eye are thoroughly discussed at this appointment.

What happens at my first appointment?

Does insurance cover the cost of an ocular prosthesis or scleral cover shell?

Yes, most insurance policies do cover custom ocular prostheses. Individual policies vary on requirements. Most insurance cards contain a customer service number that you can use to get benefits and coverage information. We will verify your insurance coverage at your first appointment.

Does insurance cover the cost of an ocular prosthesis or scleral cover shell?

How do I care for my ocular prosthesis or scleral cover shell?

Detailed instructions will be given at your delivery appointment of your prosthetic eye. You can also download our Basic Care Instructions and  Removal/Insertion Instructions.

How do I care for my ocular prosthesis or scleral cover shell?

How long should my artificial eye last?

Ocular prostheses will usually last about 5-7 years with proper care and polishing. The material that the artificial eye is made from can break down over time and your lid or socket may change shape, which would require a new fit. Growing children may require more frequent replacement due to lid and socket changes associated with growth.

How long should my artificial eye last?

How many visits will I have at your clinic?

Typically you will have 3 visits from initial evaluation to fitting and delivery of your ocular prosthesis. The first and second appointments are for an impression to be taken and painting of the prosthesis. The final appointment is for fitting and when you wear your ocular prosthesis home.

How many visits will I have at your clinic?

I have a full blind eye, can I be fit with a scleral cover shell?

A Scleral Cover Shell is custom fit over an existing underdeveloped and/or injured blind eye giving a natural symmetrical look. They are custom hand-painted to match the companion eye and can be made quite thin to fit over the existing damaged eye.

I have a full blind eye, can I be fit with a scleral cover shell?

For the most up-to-date information on our accepted health insurance plans

contact our clinic directly at 254-410-7061

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Will my prosthesis move with my natural eye?

You can expect movement of your artificial eye relative to how well your implant moves. The implant in the eye socket has certain muscles attached that cause it to move. Your surgeon has selected the implant that best fits your situation to give the maximum movement to your artificial eye.

Will my prosthesis move with my natural eye?

Will my artificial eye ever fall out?

Any artificial eye can fall out if not properly handled or cared for. It is important to follow proper instructions on wiping your eyelid to prevent the prosthesis from slipping out. Also, keeping your ocular prosthesis clean can prevent it from catching on the underside of the eyelid, which can cause irritation and/or cause it to become displaced.

Will my artificial eye ever fall out?

What do I do if my prosthesis is lost or gets broken?

DO NOT wear an ocular prosthesis that is broken or chipped. This will cause discomfort and may lead to injury of the socket. If lost or broken, please contact us right away to determine if a new prosthesis or adjustment is needed. 

What do I do if my prosthesis is lost or gets broken?