Prosthetic Eyes – when false eyes don’t look like eyes…

Prosthetic (or false) eyes are used when someone has had their eye removed due to injury or disease. Mark talks to Simon about his experience of losing his eye and why he chose to go for an unconventional chequerboard design instead of a life like eye.


In this video Simon Merrells, a rehab officer, discusses his experience with a prosthetic eye. Simon explains that he needed to have his left eye removed due to various eye conditions and surgeries, leaving him with no vision in that eye. To address the situation, he opted for a false eye, commonly known as a prosthetic eye.

Simon’s prosthetic eye stands out from conventional ones. He chose a chequerboard pattern for the eye, as he wanted it to be distinctive and not resemble a natural eye. He shares that having a unique design makes it easier for him to discuss the issue with others and move on from any awkwardness.

The removal process for Simon’s prosthetic eye is done by using a miniature toilet plunger. He doesn’t have to remove it daily, usually cleaning it every four to five days.

The prosthetic eye is hand-painted by an artist from the National Artificial Eye Centre in Blackpool. Simon’s prosthetic eye is different from a typical doll’s eye because it moves around, thanks to some remaining eye muscles, making it look more natural.

Simon reflects on his decision to get a prosthetic eye, which was a necessity for him, not a choice based on peer pressure or aesthetics. He appreciates the relief and comfort the prosthetic eye brought him, and the unique design helps him make a statement about his condition.

The video aims to break down barriers surrounding prosthetic eyes and raise awareness about their diversity and functionality. The conversation highlights the importance of openness and understanding about disabilities and unique experiences.

Overall, the discussion sheds light on the world of prosthetic eyes, their customization, and the impact they can have on a person’s life. Simon’s story showcases how embracing individuality and making informed choices can lead to increased comfort and acceptance of one’s condition.

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