We renew the natural you with Orbital (Eye) Prosthetics with personalized care and precision medical artistry.
The approach of Medical Art Prosthetics toward the creation of an orbital prosthesis involves medical, artistic and prosthetic components – none being more or less important than the others. Trained in basic medical sciences we understand involved anatomy to communicate with surgeons.
Skilled in art we call upon natural talent to render color and form in ways that no technology can. Experienced in prosthetics, specifically facial prosthetics, we have designed, fabricated and fit more truly aesthetic orbital prostheses than any provider in the United States.
When Quality Matters
Our design sessions are comfortable for the patient and productive for the facial anaplastologist because our specialized environment is quiet, relaxed and conducive to the unique creative technical process. Some visit us from the other side of the world for the process and results we offer. We can create for you a life-like, natural-looking new orbital (eye) prosthesis.
Longevity of our Silicone Orbital Prostheses
Orbital prostheses should be almost indistinguishable from the orbital area on the unaffected side. Since the eye changes with changing expressions, the orbital prosthesis will never be perfectly symmetrical 100% of the time. However, it should be balanced, possessing a neutral or averaged expressiveness and highly nuanced with individualized skin characteristics, eyelash/brow treatment, even simulation of skin fluids.
Generally, silicone orbital and other facial prostheses are expected to last several years before needing replacement. Design and materials play a large role in how long a prosthesis will last, but we always make an effort to follow our clients and be accessible for follow-up care. Longevity of this prosthesis was evidenced by our loyal patient’s return 14 years after receiving her first prosthesis. This was provided in our long standing partnership with Strauss Eye Prosthetics, Inc. based in Rochester, NY.
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.
Our goal is to achieve what we have termed Visual Integration of the 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.
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.
Visualize the Difference – Orbital Prosthesis Technology
Orbital prostheses are developed painstakingly by Medical Art Prosthetics, and they are crafted using many materials and treatments – more as a mixed media art project than as are functioning prostheses such as limbs and joints that are molded, milled, and bolted together.
Some of our orbital prostheses were developed using digital scanning and prototyping technology. The important message is that “advanced technology” sounds impressive but it is not synonymous with quality care or beautiful restoration results.
Our Prosthesis Process
The approach of Medical Art Prosthetics toward the creation of an orbital prosthesis involves medical, artistic and prosthetic components – none being more or less important than the others. Trained in basic medical sciences we understand involved anatomy to communicate with surgeons. Skilled in art we call upon natural talent to render color and form in ways that no technology can. Experienced in prosthetics, specifically facial prosthetics, we have designed, fabricated and fit more truly aesthetic orbital prostheses than any provider in the United States.
The creation process is comprised of many subtle technical steps in the laboratory. However, the steps that we like to work on with our patient present can be summarized using the following sequence of images:
These images represent what takes place during the 2‐4 office sessions we have with our patients. We are very flexible and can compress or extend the visits to meet the travel or time constraints of each patient. Specializing in orbital and silicone facial prosthetics means that our work is accomplished very efficiently.
Implant-retained orbital prostheses have been created by Medical Art Prosthetics’ anaplastologists since 1984 – some of the very first available in the United States. The osseointegration process is carried out in conjunction with various surgeons such as oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Craniofacial surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons or plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Medical Art Prosthetics has worked with many surgeons across the country to plan the surgical procedure for the precise placement of the fixtures. Hundreds of the craniofacial fixtures have been placed for patients of Medical Art Prosthetics, including many of the most recent advanced versions of Cochlear Americas Vistafix 3 System.
We spend time with each of our clients to go over how their prosthesis is positioned, removed, cleaned and cared for. Complete care and hygiene instructions for the orbital or larger upper facial prosthesis are also provided as a complete package.
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The color is good, its easy and comfortable to wear, it looks good on and it’s easy to care for. It’s great! Thanks again for a great job. You are an expert.
I think my good friend said it perfectly, “It looks amazing; you don’t look cross-eyed anymore!”
So, thank you Greg! I absolutely love it. Thank you for making me not absolutely despite getting photos taken anymore. My mom is still shocked that she has a hard time, at first glance, telling which is my real eye and which is the prosthesis. Pretty crazy!
My eye is fabulous! I’m still seeing people I haven’t seen in years and they can’t tell until I tell them about it! Everyone tells me how unbelievable it is. Close family weren’t sure which eye. A true testament to your craft! I praise the heavens for you and your commitment to helping me restore my self-esteem. I think of you daily. You are the apple of my eye!