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Texas Eye Prosthetics, LLC is registered with the FDA and is compliant with Medicare and Medicaid’s strict guidelines. We have all of our state and federal licenses, and certifications required by the government. A Quality Control System is in place with Standard Operating Procedures to insure you receive the best ocular prosthetic care possible.
Unfortunately, any individual can say he or she is an ocularist, even someone with improper training or little experience. To maintain the health and integrity of your socket and get the best prosthesis possible, it is advisable that you select a Board Certified Ocularist. Look for the abbreviations B.C.O. after the ocularist’s name. At Texas Eye Prosthetics we have a Board Certified Ocularist on staff at all times.
The most common way for board certification is to become an apprentice. This is a person with a college degree who is actively training in the manufacture, fabrication and fitting of ocular prosthetics under the direct supervision of a Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist, and within the standards for such training as prescribed in the rules of the American Society of Ocularists. Training which includes rigorous testing takes a minimum of 5 years.
A custom ocular prosthesis is fabricated for clients who have had an eye surgically removed due to trauma, disease, or birth defect. But there are some people who sustain an injury or birth defect that does not require the eye to be surgically removed. Scleral cover shells are designed to fit over blind, disfigured, or shrunken globes. These very thin, impression fitted shells provide excellent cosmetics, movement, and comfort.
Since artificial eyes and scleral cover shells are manufactured out of plastic, over time normal secretions from ones tears slowly seep into the plastic, causing the prosthesis to become contaminated and discolor. Furthermore, the tissues and implant within the socket will shift with time causing the cosmetics of the prosthesis to change. An average life span of a prosthesis can range from approximately 5-12 years. Children need replacements more frequently due to growth changes.
Every 6 months. This is necessary because salt and protein from your tears form a plaque like coating on the prosthesis. Daily cleaning can also cause scratches on the surface of the prosthesis. This build- up of protein deposits and scratches can irritate the conjunctiva which is the sensitive inner lining of your socket and eyelids. Permanent scarring of the eyelids can occur if you do not have your prosthesis polished regularly by a board certified ocularist.
If you have insurance we ask that you make an appointment for a FREE consultation. At that time we will contact your insurance company and determine what your plan covers, as well as deductibles and co-pays. Then arrangements can be made to insure you get the ocular prosthetic care you need.
At Texas Eye Prosthetics, LLC we work tirelessly to exceed your expectations. But if for some reason you are unhappy with our work we will correct the problem, or gladly give you a full refund within 30 days.