How Should You Judge or Measure Quality of Orbital Prostheses?
One main concern is obviously how well the orbital prosthesis matches the other side, how well it blends in…basically how effective it is in simply not being noticeable at all! Does your orbital prosthesis accomplish this? Medical Art Prosthetics can create for you a life-like, natural-looking new prosthesis. Please contact us today and tell us about your needs. We would like to help.
Our goal is to achieve what we have termed Visual Integration of the orbital prosthesis.
During a normal everyday encounter we make eye contact at a normal social distance, about 1 meter. Or in passing a stranger, we share a glance. In either situation we often detect when something does not look quite right, especially when there is a lack of symmetry about the eyes. So when we design orbital prostheses among the many challenges we are faced with the one challenge we have control over is achieving accuracy and naturalism in a set gaze. Here we introduce a simple test to demonstrate the basic quality and effectiveness of our typical outcomes in prosthetic orbital restoration.
In the images below all of our patients are wearing an orbital prosthesis. Some wear a larger orbital restoration we sometimes refer to as an upper facial prosthesis or a hemifacial prosthesis. These larger versions all include the prosthetic eye (ocular prosthesis), but they also may include the eyebrow or the nose or the cheek area. Knowing this, is the extent of the prosthetic restoration readily obvious? At a glance, would you even detect that the individual wears an orbital prosthesis? If the answer is no, then the wearer can interact confidently knowing they have the most convincing and accurate restoration possible. This accomplishment we call successful visual integration of the prosthesis.
Patients fly to us for the results we proudly demonstrate with close-up clinical photography. We encourage all patients and physicians to request this type of documentation by their anaplastologist, ocularist, prosthodontist or whoever they choose to deliver their prosthetic restoration and follow-up care.
All patients are encouraged to select attractive eyewear for protecting the sighted eye and to enhance the overall effect of the restoration. Glasses, even safety glasses as demonstrated by some in these examples very effectively cast shadows and refract light to obscure transitions and soften the fixed gaze of the eye.
The other main factor in considering what contributes to success in orbital prosthetics is how effectively the prosthesis attaches – not just how secure it is, but how easy it is to position, to remove and to care for without undue concern about damaging the exquisite detail instilled in the prosthesis. An orbital prosthesis that is attractive, durable AND manageable by the patient such that it used each day in the patient’s routine has achieved what Medical Art Prosthetics has termed Functional Integration.
If you feel your prosthesis falls short of Visual and Functional Integration or if you are a new patient seeking a beautiful orbital prosthesis please call us today.