Prosthetic rehabilitation of the Anophthalmic and Microphthalmic socket in children

Camille Loyer, Australia

This talk will present Camille’s experience in using serially enlarged prostheses to manage the Anophthalmic and Microphthalmic socket through several case studies, highlighting changes in her approach based on both her successes and the challenges Camille has faced.

Camille will discuss the order in which she develops different parts of the Anophthalmic socket, with emphasis on the techniques used to develop the fornices and palpebral fissure, including reference to their experiences of the use of surgical implants.

Camille will also speak about the requirements of the parents, an important factor in achieving the optimal outcome for each child.

Camille welcomes audience members to share challenging cases for discussion, as she values the benefits that a collaborative approach brings to helping patients around the world.

Homeostasis of the Ocular Prosthetic Environment

Roseanna-Zoe Knowles, Australia

Let’s talk about tear film! Let’s talk about artificial eyes!

The impact of the ocular prostheses on the conjunctiva and microenvironment of the ocular socket has been looked at from and anecdotal level.

However, breaking down an understanding of tear film composition and tear film break up may help with understanding our patients with consistently wet or dry eyes, as both signify a breakdown of homeostasis within the socket environment.

Further scientific is required, specific to the behaviour of tears and tear components and their interaction with the surface of the ocular prosthesis, with this surface dependant on polishing materials and standard.

However, in the meantime let’s talk about tear film and artificial eyes!

Aesthetic Conformer Shells And Their Psychological Impact

Emily Geelan, Australia

Artificial Eye Services in Perth, Western Australia have been making aesthetic post operative conformer shells for the past 20 years. As part of their services they are a Practice offering a bespoke conformer shells as a treatment option.

The aesthetic conformer is fitted during surgery and stays in the socket for 8 weeks until the definitive prosthesis can be made. This gives the patient a degree of confidence during the time before receiving their definitive prosthesis.

To find out more about the psychological impact of wearing an aesthetic conformer, Emily used a questionnaire to study patients who have just had an eye removed. She will be presenting the findings.

Digital Iris Printing – The Future Direction?

Paul Geelan, Australia

Digital printed irises have been around for a while now. In theory they sound very good, so why aren’t we all using digital printed irises?

Is this the future for colouring irises for artificial eyes? What would encourage us to adopt this new technology?

Paul has been exploring editing and printing techniques and will share his findings. He hopes to continue working on streamlining and simplifying the process and would like to do this cooperatively with other ocularists who are interested in developing this method.

Education – Regulation, the Future (International Standard)

James H Morphett, Australia

Training the South African Ocularist

Pedro Carvalho, South Africa