Handle with care. Thinking ahead.
Compared to adults, fitting artificial eyes for children comes with a completely different set of requirements. Just like adults, children lose their eyes because of accidents, tumours or other diseases. When fitting prostheses for children the focus is on the growth of the head of the child and thus also on the growth of the socket or bony structure of the orbit. This is necessary in order to achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome.
Growth of the head circumference and bony orbit is fastest during the first 3 years of the child. For this reason and depending on what caused the loss of eye, prostheses need to be fitted more often during this phase. Fitting intervals of new prostheses may differ, however, and should be discussed together with the parents, ophthalmologist and ocularist. From the age of 3 the fitting interval can be reduced to approximately every six months.
Anophthalmia or micropthalmia means that an eye never formed in the first place or that its growth is stunted. Also the orbit (the bony structure surrounding the globe of the eye) may not have developed properly. A special course of treatment is required in this case to stimulate orbital growth. The article below describes an excellent method of treatment.
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