is an ocularist who has worked many times in conjunction with
Dr. Garrity. Mike informed us that Dr. Garrity is one of only
a handful of physicians in the world to perform the lid-saving
used an alginate material to take an impression of Tom's eye socket.
He used the impression to construct a wax model, which he hand-sculpted
to match Tom's remaining eye. The wax model was then used to make
a prosthesis, which was constructed of polymethyl methacrylate.
ocular prosthesis was then hand painted to match Tom's right
eye. Mike is, by training, also an artist, and he achieved an
almost perfect match. Tom's upper eyelid needed time to adjust
to the prosthesis, and Tom made a second trip two months later
to have a clear ptosis crutch constructed on the ocular prosthesis
that would prop up the eyelid. Because Tom no longer has eye muscles,
the eye will not move. However, with advances in technology this
may someday be an option.
Tom's eye socket area will change in size and the prosthetic material
will deteriorate. He will need a new prosthesis every five to
seven years, or as needed due to socket changes (or sooner - see
the Updates page for details!)