Blind, painful eye
If the eye sustains extensive damage from trauma or longstanding eye disease (i.e. degenerative glaucoma, severe diabetes, etc), it will gradually lose vision and shrink in volume. Over time, the eye may become painful within the bony socket and result in a cosmetically disfiguring appearance. An enucleation (complete eye and partial optic nerve removal) or evisceration (removal of contents within the eyeball only) can provide great comfort to the patient. Several weeks after the surgery, patients visit an experienced ocularist, who will provide a customized fitting and creation of a prosthesis that resembles the native eye.