We have compiled the most frequently asked questions to help resolve your doubts.

If you don’t find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us directly, and we will be happy to resolve any concerns you may have.

Does Spanish Social Security cover the ocular prosthesis cost?2023-08-18T10:47:33+00:00

Yes, Catalan Social Security (CatSalut) covers 100% of the service and allows changing the ocular prosthesis every 2 years. We are official providers for the Catalan Health Service – CatSalut. It is important to be evaluated first by an ophthalmologist, who will issue the medical prescription during the visit. Patients from other autonomous communities in Spain can obtain more information about the possibility of subsidizing the cost of the prosthesis by contacting the Health Department of their autonomous community directly.

Does private insurance cover the ocular prosthesis cost?2023-08-18T10:47:11+00:00

Some policies and health plans cover the entire cost of the ocular prosthesis. Please contact them directly and inquire for more information. Appointments are scheduled only with the prior authorization of the insurance company

What are the recommendations to properly use an ocular prosthesis?2023-08-18T10:46:49+00:00

Taking care of the ocular prosthesis ensures its longevity. Therefore, we recommend:

Not using aggressive products such as alcohol, bleach, ammonia, or acetone, as they can damage the coloration of the prosthesis.
Using protective eyewear when engaging in sports.
Wearing swimming goggles when swimming in the sea or pool.
Using sunglasses to prevent premature discoloration of the prosthesis.

How to place and remove the prosthesis?2023-08-25T08:43:28+00:00

Moisten the prosthesis.

Raise the upper eyelid with the left hand, while we place the ocular prosthesis (PO) in the correct direction. In the figure, a right eye.

Enter the P.O. as internally as possible in the eye socket.

Open the lower eyelid with the left hand to finish introducing the P.O.

How to store and clean the ocular prosthesis?2023-08-18T10:38:34+00:00
  • Preferably, use a mild or neutral soap for cleaning, along with a soft brush to dissolve possible surface deposits.
  • Never use alcohol or other solvents.
  • It is advisable not to leave the prosthesis in water for an extended time if you need to rest from wearing it. If so, keep it dry and wrap it in gauze.
How often should an ocular prosthesis be removed for cleaning?2023-08-18T10:37:46+00:00

As infrequently as possible!

We recommend doing it once a month. Removing the eye daily or multiple times a day will cause irritation and excessive tear and mucus production.

Assuming the prosthesis is correctly adapted, many people can wear the eye for months on end without removing it.

What material are the prostheses made of?2023-08-18T10:37:22+00:00
  • They are made of high-quality polymethyl-methacrylate.
  • They don’t break, and in case of scratching, their polishing doesn’t cause problems.
  • They allow for an accurate approximation of iris color by being painted in multiple layers, achieving a total sense of depth.
  • The shape can be modeled in the most suitable way for each case, with complete freedom, without limitations to standard types
What types of prosthesis exist?2023-08-18T10:33:04+00:00

There are two types of artificial eyes:

  • Prosthesis made from impression This technique involves orbital impression printing, allowing a perfect adaptation of the prosthesis to the orbit. An implant is placed in the orbital cavity during prior surgery, enabling natural movement. This method is most effective in conveying that movement.
  • Scleral – shell prosthesis – Prosthesis are always adapted to eyes without vision, with corneal opacities, phthisis bulbi, or simply smaller size, generally in most cases where the eye has been preserved.

Both types maintain a mobility with a natural appearance, especially the impression-based prosthesis, and provide basic lacrimal distribution for good tolerance.

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