What is a Scleral Shell?

Learn about Scleral Shells creation process

Firstly, in creating a scleral shell, there will be a preliminary consultation. Each person’s unique situation will be evaluated by an Ocularist. An eye may be sensitive after trauma. As a result, we will touch the eye with a q-tip to gauge sensitivity. We do this prior to proceeding with an impression. Secondly, we take an impression of the eye. This is much like a dental impression at an orthodontist’s office. However, in this case the impression is of the ocular cavity. Many people find the impression to be the most uncomfortable part of the process. But, we will walk you through how to prepare properly so that you are as comfortable as possible. The doctor typically takes an impression of the patient’s eye using polyvinyl siloxane or silicone impression material.. As a result, it makes it much more comfortable while minimizing inflammation compared to traditional impression material such as alginate.

Learn about the Highest Quality Scleral Shells

At the office of John Stolpe, the digital iris we create is one of the highest quality irises available on the market. At Advanced Artificial Eyes, we are proud in our pioneering work in the Ocularist field, specifically in the manufacture of digital irises. Utilizing a digital camera, we meticulously replicate a patient’s existing eye, capturing even the smallest details with utmost precision. Through the integration of our patented technology, we proudly offer you the finest iris available, delivering unparalleled realism and quality.

We reproduce the patient’s veining pattern using red silk threads sourced from a high-resolution photo of their eye, rather than relying on color pencils. We work on refining the shape of the scleral shell, sometimes, over the course of several meetings. Most importantly, when the prosthesis is complete, you will have an extremely natural looking scleral shell. Our goal is to create a shell that ideally mimics the movement of the seeing eye. We have been pioneering work in manufacturing digital irises for scleral shells for decades.

It is important to be aware that the fitting process can sometimes be very complex. However, in some cases the assistance of an ophthalmologist is necessary. For example, it may be necessary to prescribe medications so the eye is stable to proceed with the fitting of the scleral shell. To achieve the best result, the fitting of a scleral shell may sometimes involve elective surgery. To achieve the perfect fit, an Oculoplastic surgeon may perform an eyelid lift on the patient. This procedure takes place after the fitting of the scleral shell. For this reason, it is important to select an Ocularist who has excellent, established relationships with other skilled ocular professionals. Achieving the best fit for a scleral shell requires a collaborative effort from the team. Advanced Artificial Eyes prides to keep close relationships with a wide range of consummate professionals.

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