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Learning how to care for an eye prosthesis, known as an ocular prosthesis, is vital after eye removal (enucleation).
You can help your child adjust to life after eye removal if you understand how to care for their new prosthesis.
Sometimes you can care for your child’s prosthesis while it is in the eye. At other times, you or your child will need to remove it. Your child will not need to remove the prosthesis every day. It should not be uncomfortable.
Use lubrication drops to:
Use a clean, warm washcloth to wash around the eyelid and the area around it. Always wipe toward your child’s nose. Wiping away from the nose may cause the prosthesis to turn and rotate in the socket.
In addition, you will need to remove and clean the prosthesis every 2-3 months.
You will remove the eye prosthesis with a suction cup.
Call your child’s care team if you have questions about cleaning the prosthesis.
Replace the eye prosthesis after it is clean.
A professional ocularist should clean your child’s eye prosthesis every 6-12 months. There are other professionals who are trained in this process. Please consult your ophthalmologist or eye surgeon.
Regular visual exams help find out if the prosthesis needs adjustments.
Call your child’s care team if you have any questions.
Reviewed: April 2022