An artificial eye is occasionally lost or destroyed. Being without the prosthesis for even a
short time can be very distressing and cause much anxiety and embarrassment. In addition if you are
in a business or someone that travels a good part of the time, you may want to consider a spare
prosthesis in case of a unforeseen loss.
Damaging socket shrinkage may also occur if you go without your prosthesis for any length of time. If you have
been wearing an artificial eye for many years, it is possible that you will have an old
prosthesis that can be used while your ocularist makes a new one.
However, if this is not the
case, you might want to consider the advantage of having a spare. Many ocularist, including
this office offer a reduction in fee for
a spare prosthesis if made at the same time as the original fitting.
It should be noted
however, that to receive this savings, the patient needs to order the spare before fitting begins and
be aware that insurance companies usually do not cover the cost of a spare eye.