WHAT ARE PROSTHETIC CONTACT LENSES?
Prosthetic contact lenses are contact lenses that use color to mask an eye that is disfigured or to provide treatment for a patient who has symptoms such as light sensitivity and double vision.
A patient may have ocular disfigurement as a result of multiple surgeries, trauma, or congenital conditions. This may cause one eye to look drastically different than the other eye.
A patient may also have difficulty with light sensitivity and a specially designed prosthetic lens can limit the amount of light into the eye.
Double vision can be treated with prosthetic lenses when all other treatment has failed. Occlusion (covering up one eye's vision) involves a black-centered contact lens that is subtle, as opposed to a frosted glasses lens or eye patch.
Prosthetic contact lenses can be as simple as a solid color to an advanced hand-painted iris design to look as much as your natural eye as possible.
Our patient is feeling confident with his new soft prosthetic contact lens. This lens was able to disguise the scarring in his right eye after complications from a childhood surgery. We are so happy with the results!
Here is a patient who suffered from extreme light sensitivity due to trauma to the eye. His pupil does not close anymore and remains open. We discussed all options including painted colored contact lenses to match his eye color. Because his eyes are relatively dark in everyday lighting, he elected for a traditional custom black lens that would block out light and "re-create" a pupil for him.
Our patient suffered from double vision and balance issues after multiple surgical complications. We tried many different remedies, but the only way he found relief was to wear an eye patch over his eye. We designed an occlusion pupil custom prosthetic contact lens for him which he wears to block vision in this eye. This looks better than his eyepatch!
Our patient wanted her eye to look "more normal" after multiple surgeries left her with an abnormally shaped pupil, and one eye that looked slightly smaller than the other.
To design a custom prosthetic contact lens, we chose the brown color by taking photos and going into different environments to control for lighting differences. We took scans of the eye to determine the best sizing of the lens. We also too measurements to best match iris diameter and pupil size.
Our patient is very happy with her appearance with the lens. This lens can last 1 year with proper care.