Artificial eyes, also known as prosthetic eyes or ocular prostheses, are custom-made devices designed to replace the natural eye when it is lost or damaged. While they have helped countless individuals regain some level of visual function and appearance, they also come with several disadvantages. Here, we will explore some of the downsides of artificial eyes.
Limited visual function
Artificial eyes cannot replicate the complexity of the human eye. While they can improve the appearance of the eye socket, they cannot restore vision to the same level as a natural eye. In fact, most artificial eyes do not have any visual function at all. Those that do have some visual function can only provide basic light perception and cannot distinguish colors or shapes.
Difficulty adjusting to the prosthesis
Getting used to an artificial eye can be a challenge. Initially, the prosthesis may feel uncomfortable or cause irritation, especially if it is not fitted properly. Some people experience difficulty with blinking, which can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation of the eye socket.
Maintenance and care
Artificial eyes require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent infection and other complications. This can be a time-consuming and sometimes difficult process. The prosthetic eye must be removed and cleaned daily, and the eye socket must be kept clean and dry to prevent infection.
While artificial eyes can improve the appearance of the eye socket, they cannot fully replicate the look of a natural eye. Depending on the level of damage or loss, it may be difficult to achieve a completely natural appearance. In some cases, the prosthesis may be noticeable, which can cause self-consciousness and social anxiety.
Artificial eyes can be expensive, especially if they need to be replaced or repaired. The cost of an artificial eye can vary depending on the level of customization required, the materials used, and the expertise of the prosthetic eye specialist.
Risk of complications
Like any surgical procedure, the placement of an artificial eye carries some risks. Complications can include infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding tissue. In rare cases, the prosthesis may need to be removed if it causes ongoing irritation or infection.
Losing an eye can be a traumatic experience, and the use of an artificial eye can be a reminder of that loss. Some people may struggle with the emotional impact of using an artificial eye, including feelings of grief, anger, and shame.
Artificial eyes have a limited lifespan and may need to be replaced every few years. The lifespan of a prosthetic eye can vary depending on factors such as the materials used, the level of wear and tear, and the degree of customization required.
Access to prosthetic eye services may be limited in some areas, particularly in developing countries or rural areas. This can make it difficult for individuals who have lost an eye to access the care they need to regain some level of visual function
While artificial eyes have provided a solution for individuals who have lost or damaged their natural eyes, they do come with a number of disadvantages. These include limited visual function, difficulty adjusting to the prosthesis, maintenance and care requirements, cosmetic limitations, cost, risk of complications, emotional impact, limited lifespan, and limited availability in some areas. These downsides highlight the need for ongoing research and development of new and improved prosthetic eye technologies, as well as increased accessibility to prosthetic eye services. Despite their limitations, artificial eyes have helped countless individuals regain some level of visual function and appearance, and will continue to be an important part of eye care for many people in the future.