Prosthetic eyes often cause dryness, irritation, and inflammation of the anophthalmic sockets.
To reduce the discomfort caused due to dryness of ocular prosthesis by a custom-made hollow ocular acrylic prosthesis, which is filled with lubricant drops slowly and systemically released into the ophthalmic cavity upon blinking.
Materials and methods
Thirty-eight patients wearing unilateral artificial eye for a period of more than 6 months were evaluated. An innovative customized hollow prosthesis is described, which was incorporated with a hollow reservoir containing a combination of a tear substitute along with cyclosporine A (0.05%) acting as the lubricant. The patients were then evaluated with the help of a questionnaire, regarding the comfort, dryness, soreness, and the ease of use of prosthesis. A self-formulated grading system was used to record the scores.
Postinsertion of this hollow prosthesis, there was a marked reduction in the dryness, irritation, discomfort, and signs of inflammation.
It was concluded that the continuous flow of the lubricant onto the dry prosthetic eye helps in reducing dryness, irritation, soreness, and inflammation.
A hollow ocular prosthesis that can continuously discharge lubricant onto the dry prosthesis can help in increasing patient's acceptance and comfort.
How to cite this article
Gupta R, Aggarwal R, Bharat A, Nijhawan S. Customized Liquid Ocular Prosthesis for Anophthalmic Patients suffering from Dry Eye: A Clinical Research. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2016;6(3):57-62.