The loss of an eye from injury or other cause is traumatic and upsetting. However, it need not remain so. A prosthetic eye can look very natural and movement is capable in some cases. Many people wear artificial eyes with great success for many years, but there are some side effects that may need surgical attention.
Side effects can include sagging eyelids, caused by the weight of the prosthetic eye, or a sunken appearance of the eye. Another condition is shrinkage or the loss of shape of the eye socket. Some patients also experience migration of the socket implant, which may require replacement. Also, new implants are available that enhance the movement of artificial eyes.