The ocularist can gather information related to eye and health history to determine the healing time frame needed in order to begin a conformer fitting and fabrication appointments that will be congruent with the healing socket. We understand that there is a tremendous loss associated with losing an eye. It is our hope during this appointment, that we can alleviate any anxiety about having an ocular prosthesis made and are here to support you from start to finish. We can schedule a pre-op consultation or a post-op consultation or both, whichever is a good fit.
Often doctors will refer new patients for a preoperative consultation to help put the patient at ease prior to their surgical procedure. At a pre-op consultation we will discuss the process of the ocular prosthesis fabrication and help to alleviate any fears or clear up any misconceptions that a patient may have. This is a great time to meet Amy Wellner, one of our Ocularists who wears an ocular prosthesis herself. We can get acquainted and schedule the post-operative conformer check up about 3-4 weeks after surgery. We can also schedule for the ocular prosthesis fabrication 6-8 weeks after surgery.
As a new patient, we like to set up a consultation approximately 3-4 weeks post-surgery. At a post-operative consultation we will discuss the process of the ocular prosthesis fabrication and help to alleviate any fears or clear up any misconceptions that a patient may have. We can get acquainted and examine the healing socket. We will assess the swelling present and have a look at the healing socket. If there is a post-operative conformer present we will assess the conformer fit in conjunction with the healing socket, suture line and eye lid contour. By this appointment, it is very likely that the swelling has dissipated, and that the generic conformer will be fitting more loosely than it did right after surgery. The lid contour may also look more closed when compared to the fellow eye. If this is the case, then the socket will be ready to be fit with a custom fitting conformer that can vault over the suture line and continue to maintain the fornices, and establish a more matching lid contour with the fellow eye, without feeling loose. This custom conformer is a vital step in readying the socket, patient and ocularists with the proper tools to move forward in the fabrication process, now just a few weeks away.