A New Eye: Steps 3 – Complete

Mik has been wearing his Scleral Shell for almost a month now. It looks amazing. You can read about the first steps here and how we got here. These posts are primarily for those who are in need of information on prosthetic eyes.

Now, a discussion on the Scleral Shell process.

Step 3. – Color Match
After Mik wore the clear Conformer for a few months, we went back to the Ocularist to begin building the custom shell. Our Ocularist , Bev, first matched the color of the white part, the sclera, then picked “button” that was similar in color to the iris of the good eye.

When I first met my husband, I was enamored with the color of his eyes. I thought his dark blue eyes looked like a stormy sky. I was pleased when both boys were born with the same color. Turns out, I don’t know anything about eye color because they are grey not blue. I guess I was still right about the stormy sky part.

Step 4. Open That Lid
Bev added some wax to the front of the clear Conformer to determine how much thicker the shell needed to be to open Mik’s eyelid enough to appear normal.

Step 5. Custom Paint Job
Custom paint jobs aren’t just for cars and motorcycles anymore, Mik has a custom painted eye. A week after selecting the starting colors, Bev channeled her artistic talents to create a master piece.

She held a white shell with a blue-grey center in her hand. I could tell from the shape that this was the opaque shell she had poured after our last meeting.

The first step was to apply super thin red fibers to represent the redness and veins in the corners of the eyes. Then she studied his iris under high light, low light and at angles. She measured his pupil and stuck a black spot in the center of the shell.

The custom paint job took about an hour then we were free to head home for the night. Meanwhile, Bev gave the shell a final clear coating to give it the glassy-eyed look.

Step 6 – Drive It Off The Lot
The next afternoon, we gave the Scleral shell a test drive then our final approval. It seemed like it took all of five minutes and five pictures before we were in the car taking the masterpiece home.

Completion – Mik wore the shell all through Thanksgiving. The reviews were five stars and two thumbs up. At first, people didn’t realize that something was different because it just looks like it should. My nephew came into the bathroom while I was putting it in Thanksgiving morning. (I am in charge of putting the shell in until Mik is confident enough to try it) When Mik showed my nephew what he looked like before and after, my nephew exclaimed, “YOU LOOK AMAZING!”

Most importantly, he looks like himself.




** Bev may have to add a little more thickness to prop the eye lid up but no one notices it but me.


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