The Basic Apsects of Prosthetic Lenses

The first step in prescribing prosthetic contact is conducting a comprehensive check-up of the eye. During the course of the check-up, the eye care specialist will examine the eyes to rule out conditions that may hinder with wearing the contact lens successfully.

Today, a large number of people from around the world wear contact lenses. It is considered to the best alternative to wear the traditional glasses for correcting the vision problems. There are different types of contact lenses available in the market and each type has its own pros and drawbacks. One of the most common types of lenses suggested by the eye care specialists is the prosthetic contact lens, especially for the people who wish to improve the appearance of the eye caused due to eye disease, trauma, accident or birth defect.


For people who have suffered injuries in the eye or if their eye fails to function properly due to disfigurement, prosthetic lenses can be custom designed to block the excess light from reaching the back of the eye and reduce the glare. This ultimately will give the person optimum comfort while wearing the lens.


Types of prosthetic contacts


There are different types of prosthetic contacts that you can consider wearing for cosmetic purpose, also in terms of cost; you have wide range of options to choose from. Some of the most popular types of prosthetic contacts include:


Transparent tinting


As the name itself suggest, this type of lenses have a transparent tinted colour. When it overlaps the iris, it effectively changes or deepens the colour of the eye. This is the most commonly used type of prosthetic contact lens.


Standard opaque design


This type of contact lenses are the standard lenses that have a varying degree of curves at the base with different pupil sized and varying iris diameters. The prosthetic standard opaque design contact lens may have a clear or a full black backing. Another significant feature of these type of lenses is that they can be easily reproduced and they are quite inexpensive.


Hand painted custom lens


This type of prosthetic can be further divided into two types – the first that has colour painted on the front side of the lens and the other that has a three-dimensional design embedded in the lens matrix. Whilst the former has a more one-dimensional look, the latter provides a more realistic look.


How are prosthetic contacts prescribed?


The first step in prescribing prosthetic contact is conducting a comprehensive check-up of the eye. During the course of the check-up, the eye care specialist will examine the eyes to rule out conditions that may hinder with wearing the contact lens successfully.


After the doctor conducts a thorough examination of the eye, the next step is fitting the lens. However, before fitting the lens, the doctor may closely look the condition of the eye and take a few close-up pictures. The photographs are then sent to the prosthetic contact lens manufacturer to create a lens that matches the profile of the eye and manufacture a lens that has a natural appearance and has the natural eye colour as the natural eye.


There are many eye specialists who work on patients for whom it is difficult to fit the contacts. These doctors usually have a few samples of prosthetic lenses at hand so that the patients can immediately see and know how effective the lens will be in restoring their eyesight as well as the natural appearance of the effected eye.


After the prosthetic lenses are fitted, the patient may feel a huge sense of psychological relief knowing that they now have a natural looking eye. Not to mention the lens gives the patient immense satisfaction of restoring the natural appearance of the eye and improve quality of life from the successful implementation of the lens cannot be measured.

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