Ocular Prosthetics

A dedicated Ocular Prosthetic clinic is  run once per month at NDDH by a visiting specialist. The National Artificial Eye Service holds clinics throughout England and produces more than 1,500 new ocular prostheses every year.


What is ocular prosthetics?

Prostheses can be provided to people who have had their eye removed (enucleated or eviscerated), or to people who have damaged eyes, small eyes, or other eye-related conditions.

The commonest prostheses are artificial eyes and cosmetic shells.


Artificial eyes

Initially a temporary prosthesis is provided from stock and will be worn until an individual custom-made prosthesis can be made. The custom-made prostheses are made from high quality cross-linked acrylic (glass eyes can also be arranged) and are individually fitted (moulded). They are manufactured by the National Artificial Eye Service and hand painted.


Cosmetic shells

They are moulded and hand-painted, and are routinely manufactured in acrylic to less than one millimetre thickness. They can be made with clear pupils and as a solution to ptosis (droopy eyelids). They can also be fitted to microphthalmic (small eyes) or phthisical (wasted) eyes.


Where we are?

The ocular prosthetics clinic is run in the Exmoor Unit at NDDH.


Contact us

To obtain an appointment with the ocular prosthetics department, you need to be referred to us by your ophthalmologist or GP.

For more information please telephone 01253 951131 or visit our service’s website, www.naes.nhs.uk.

Last updated: October 3, 2017