Frequently Asked Questions

Difference between Glass and Acrylic eyes

Prior to World War II, ocular prosthetics were made of a blown glass that was collapsed to form a concave shape. During and after World War II, the specialized glass used in making glass artificial eyes became increasingly difficult to obtain. Soon, acrylic and other plastic polymers were being used for many of the uses previously exclusive to glass. An exciting use of this new material was for artificial eyes, or ocular prosthetics. Acrylic revolutionized the art and processes of making ocular prosthetics.

Glass artificial eyes which would break easily, frequently needed replacing, and were crude approximations to fit and comfort were now being replaced by acrylic. Acrylic provided many advantages over glass. Many of these advantages also came with improved techniques such as impression moulding, blending, and the ease of changing shape, color, and size of the prosthesis.

Today's ocular prosthesis is carefully matched, comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Most of our patients do not feel their prosthesis and are able to wear it comfortably full-time, some even removing them only a few times a month for cleaning.

The entire prosthesis is custom made in our lab using the patient as a model. This personalized approach ensures symmetry and an exact color match. Utilizing our advanced techniques in fitting and fabrication, we are able to offer a comfortable prosthesis with realistic movement.

Please refer to the South African Optometric Association via info@oasa.org.za or on 011 8053882 to get information on the closest Ocularist to your residence.

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