We want to be upfront with you about the cost of a bespoke artificial eye.
We understand that this is a big life decision and in order to make it an informed one you must know all of the necessary details - this is why you can find all of our service costs on this page.
If you have any questions at all please contact us via the contact page or call us on 01159-501-123.
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Initial Consultation (Nottingham)
the consultation fee will be deducted from the total prosthesis manufacture cost
Meet your new Ocularist and ask any questions you may have.
During your initial consultation, we will examine the condition of your socket and your current prosthesis (if you have one). This will help us determine whether or not you require any surgical intervention prior to the prosthesis being made. If this is the case, we will put you in contact with surgeons that will help you.
We'll also take this opportunity to answer any questions you may have and manage your expectations. The artificial eye we will craft you will be state-of-the-art and will look as close to your human eye as we can possibly achieve. However, it will never be an exact replica or a perfect replacement for a human eye and it is important to understand this.
Ocular Prosthesis Manufacture and Supply
(Scleral Shell and Full Prosthesis)
In just 3 days John Pacey-Lowrie Ltd. will craft your bespoke hand-painted, handmade, medical grade ocular prosthesis/scleral shell.
After your initial consultation (which is free if you go ahead with the manufacture) we will book you a consecutive 3-day appointment:
On the first day, we will take an impression of your socket with alginate. This is the only invasive part of the manufacture and it's over within the space of a minute.
After this, we start work on the shaping and the moulding of a temporary wax mould. We will need to test this mould in your socket to ensure the perfect fit - your description of how this wax mould feels in your socket will help determine the final shape.
The second day is the longest day (around 2 hours) as this is when the painting of the iris will begin. We will use your human eye as a colour reference to ensure we include all those splashes of colour and little flecks that make your eye unique to you.
After you have left this appointment we will continue working on your prosthesis and process it overnight, ready for you to collect on day three.
On day three we will supply you with your new prosthesis and make sure you are happy with the outcome. If for whatever reason you are unhappy with the prosthesis - maybe it feels a bit big or you believe the colour to be a bit lighter/darker than it should - we will do our best to rectify the issue at no extra cost to you.
Ocular Prosthesis Manufacture and Supply
This traditional way of approaching ocular prostheses has been used for decades and is still popular today.
The first known Ocularists constructed artificial eyes from glass in Europe way back in the 16th Century. By the 19th century, Europe was acknowledged as a centre of excellence in artistic craftsmanship. So, there is no wonder that when people think about artificial eyes it is likely that the term 'glass eye' will come to mind.
Very different to the acrylic (PMMA) approach, the glass eyes are made by glass-blowing (you can see this in action in the video below).
It takes one day to make a cryolite glass ocular prosthesis which makes it a more affordable and quicker alternative to acrylic eyes.
It is very important that you have 2 check-ups per year to ensure your prosthesis is clean and that your socket is healthy.
We recommend that you have your prosthesis professionally removed, descaled, cleaned, polished and re-inserted at least twice a year (every 4 - 6 months or so). Some people may need more regular check-ups due to excess secretion or even due to dusty home/work environments.
Maintaining your acrylic prosthesis is key to its longevity.