Prosthetic eye cutting

We’d love to introduce you to Martin Ralfe. In this video, he shares part of the prosthetic eye process: the cutting of an artificial eye!

He provides a detailed look into the process of fitting and creating a prosthetic eye.

Video Description

Initial Fitting

The process begins with the fitting of a temporary eye-shaped piece of acrylic. This initial fitting serves as a rough measurement to ensure that the socket gets used to having a prosthetic eye and that the structure adheres correctly.

Cutting and Shaping

The first step in shaping the prosthetic involves cutting through the acrylic. This is a meticulous process that follows a guideline to match the individual’s eye socket. For Martin, who has a condition called “small eye,” the prosthetic needs to be cut to a smaller size to fit comfortably.

Smoothing and Softening

After they make the initial cutting, a Dremel tool is used to remove any large, sharp pieces that remain. This step is crucial to ensure the prosthetic is smooth and won’t cause discomfort during insertion. Following this, the acrylic is softened further to enhance comfort.

Buffing and Polishing

The next stage involves buffing the acrylic, similar to polishing a car, to start bringing out the shine. This is followed by a thorough polishing stage that gives the prosthetic eye a glossy, realistic texture.


Martin concludes the video by showing examples of prosthetic eyes that could be used in the final fitting process.

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