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UNDERSTANDING EYE LOSS

We are here to help you on your road to recovery

Eye loss can occur as a result of injury or disease, or it can be due to a genetic malformation.  At any age this loss can be devastating to both the individual and their family.  We are here to help you on your road to recovery.

If you have undergone an evisceration as a result of (ABC) or an enucleation as a result of (ABC) you are most likely a good candidate for a scleral shell or an ocular prosthetic.

 
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LIVING WITH MONOCULAR VISION

Taking an active role in your recovery can be healing

The loss of an eye or sight in an eye is a traumatic experience.  Grief, anger, frustration are all normal reactions.  Taking an active role in your recovery can be healing.

Participation with an ocularist in the formation of a prosthetic and understanding the changes to your vision can help you cope.  After the loss of an eye your visual system including your brain and motor functions are in disorder and need to be reprogrammed in order to adjust to the changes of monocular vision.  The most obvious change being a narrowing of your horizontal field of vision.  In actuality the vision loss of the horizontal field of a one-eyed individual is at most twenty percent.  More significant changes occur regarding depth perception.

Depth perception consists of three operations:  Retinal Disparity, Convergence, and Accommodation.

An Individual who has lost the use of one eye can no longer rely on retinal disparity and convergence to decipher depth.  The system of accommodation remains intact but as it is only effective when judging distances of about six feet, it is the least useful of the three.

 
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We are here for you

CHILDREN

Having a child with medical needs can be very emotional.  Whether your child was born with anophthalmia, microphthalmia, or has suffered an eye loss as a result of retinoblastoma or accidental injury, we are here to help you get through this difficult time.

Early action is essential to obtaining the best results for your child, especially in cases where the socket needs to be expanded so as to equal the companion eye.  A child will need to be seen more frequently as they are still growing and changes to their anatomy occur more rapidly.  Handling children; aiding in their health and development can be a rewarding experience.