This Is How Prosthetic Eyes are Made

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A small, highly skilled team at Moorfields Eye Hospital transform the lives of people who have lost their eyes to accidents and disease. Each year, they work with their clients to create around 1,400 customized, detailed prosthetics, many of which replace eyes. Here’s how.


Modern prosthetic eyes are far removed from the old misconceptions about ‘glass eyes’, combining modern materials, craftsmanship and artistry in an entirely unique way. In this film, below, ocularist David Carpenter talks us through the entire process of how a single prosthetic eye is made.

This article first appeared on Mosaic and republished here under Creative Commons license. Image by Ben Gilbert/Wellcome Images under Creative Commons license.

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