Removal of a Conformer
If you wish to remove your conformer to rinse it off and put it back in, you may do so once your doctor has advised you of the proper time frame for this. Always take safety precautions when removing the conformer. Wash your hands with soap and water before you begin. Look around your surroundings and make sure that any sink drains are covered and toilet lids are closed before removing your conformer. For removal, use your pointer finger to swipe inside bottom lid and under eye, with the finger resting on the lid margin. Starting from your nasal corner and sweeping towards your ear. Be ready to catch the conformer so it does not fall to the ground. Keep in mind, if secretions have built up behind the conformer drainage will escape as the conformer is removed. The conformer can be washed with a baby shampoo that is a gentle cleanser which is non-irritating to the socket and rinsed off with warm water and reinserted into the socket. If you need guidance, please call us and we are happy to help you.
Placing a Conformer back into the socket
With clean hands and a rinsed off conformer, you are ready to place it back into the socket:
Step 1: Lift upper lid to create an opening, usually with your upper eyelashes under your finger that is doing the lifting. This helps to create a “nice pocket” for the conformer to move up and in to.
Step 2: With the narrow edge of the conformer pointing towards your nose, push the eye under your upper lid, and into socket.
Step 3: Release upper lid, while holding the conformer in place.
Step 4: With your other hand, carefully ease the bottom lid down a bit until the conformer drops into place.
Conformer Therapy for contracted sockets
On occasion, patients may be referred for pressure conformers for those who are more susceptible to socket contraction, which is a shrinking of the socket cul-de-sac due to injury or the bodies healing process. For these patients pressure conformers are vitally important to help maintain the fornices so that the socket and lids can retain the ocular prosthesis. Your physician may choose surgical intervention to help retention of the pressure conformer or an ocular prosthesis.