Introduction to prosthetic contact lens practice

Karen Hughes offers an introduction to this specialised yet rewarding area of contact lens practice

It is such a great feeling to be able to make a positive change to someone’s life, and in this profession we are lucky enough to make this happen all of the time by giving people sight. Whether it be with spectacles, contact lenses, low vision aids or surgical procedures we help to change how these patients view the world. However, sometimes we need to help them by changing the way the world views them. So let us take a look into the life changing world of prosthetics.

What is a prosthetic?

A prosthetic by definition is a device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body. Depending on the condition of the eye the following can all be used as ocular prosthetic devices;

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