Artificial eyes have been produced and worn since prehistoric times. Materials have ranged from precious metals and stones, to glass, to our modern plastics. Today, we use a common acrylic called poly(methyl methacrylate), or PMMA. It is lightweight, durable, simple to modify and gives the lifelike appearance of a natural eye.


Typically, your eye will be finished in three visits. The first visit consists of a consultation with your ocularist, followed by the evaluation of your particular needs. An impression is taken of your eye socket to determine the size and shape of your final prosthesis.  The impression is either done with dental grade silicone or dental grade alginate.


On your next visit, a plastic or wax model of your prosthesis will be ready.  During this appointment, we will modify the shape of this model to achieve comfort, movement, and optimal eyelid positions. Finally, we will determine the direction of gaze, iris size, and pupil size.

direction of gaze

While you are away, we will prepare your prosthesis for painting.  We hand paint your iris, pupil, sclera, and veins to match your companion eye during your third visit. The eye can be delivered during the same visit approximately two hours after the painting is complete.

scleral shells

When the painting is finished, a layer of clear acrylic is cured over the front surface to give it a very natural appearance and depth.  It is then polished and delivered for its final evaluation. You will be asked to return for a post-delivery check up several weeks from the delivery date, and a routine polish appointment every 6 months following delivery.