Enucleation: Caring for your child's custom-fitted (artificial) eye

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Learn what to expect when a child receives a custom-fitted eye after an enucleation.

Key points

  • A prosthetic eye is a big contact lens. It is used right after enucleation for about six weeks.
  • A custom-fitted eye is a long-term eye that your child receives when their eye socket heals. Your child should wear it all the time.
  • The ocularist will check the eye regularly to make sure it is in good condition and continues to fit your child.
  • If your child has any problems with the custom-fitted eye, contact the ocularist or your ophthalmologist.
Last updated: July 17th 2014