Questions & Concerns

Will I be capable of playing sports?

You will absolutely be capable of playing sports even after losing your eye it will just take time to get the hang of playing a sport with only one eye. Most artificial eyes can be worn without fear of being dislodged while participating in your chosen sport, whether that may be hockey, football, baseball, basketball, golf, or tennis. However, if and when swimming because most have the tendency to wipe their eyes dry after being under water be careful not push to hard on your eyelids so that your prosthesis does not come out. If possible, try to avoid wiping that side (the side of the artificial eye) of you face when coming out of the water. Also, in order to protect your remaining idea it is highly suggested that you wear safety goggles when participating in any sport.

Why does my eye itch?

Your prosthesis can itch for several reasons, however the two most common reasons for itching are caused by healing and protein build-up. After surgery many patients complain about their eye, but like a scab on your knee itching is expected during the healing process. Another reason why your prosthesis may itch is due to protein build-up on the front of your artificial eye. This thin layer of coating causes an allergic reaction on the underside of the upper eyelid and usually causes an itching sensation. Nevertheless, as suggested patients should come in every nine months or so, to avoid this protein build-up.

Other reasons that your prosthesis can itch are allergies, and natural particles in the air (like wind, smoke, dust, sand, and dirt to name a few).

Will I be capable of driving?

Most likely (as long as your remaining eye has good vision) you will be capable of driving. However, like sports, driving with only one eye will take time getting used to. Always remember to keep your distance from the car in front on you, especially because your depth perception is weaker at first. Also turn your head entirely in the direction of the gaze because you’ve lost peripheral vision on your blind side.