In my very first blog post a few years ago, I wrote on an interesting subject of people’s pets chewing on their prosthetic eyes. Today’s post is similar in some ways, it involves teeth and prosthetic eyes as well. As we all know, kids are prone to put anything into their mouths and chomp on it a bit. Over the years, we have had a few patients chew on their own artificial eyes. Here are some before an after photos of a repair we did recently. I am happy to report that this particular child has grown out of their habit!
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It’s April 1st, but there is still some March Madness going on!
This is a repost of a story orignially run by Mike Foss of USA TODAY Sports.
“I guess you could call it glaucoma,” Otule told said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I was born with one eye, actually, and the other one wasn’t fully developed. So I had to get an artificial (left) eye, since I was one or two. And every time I grew out of it, I had to go back to the doctor and they’d make a new one.
“I’ve always had one eye,” Otule said. “It didn’t happen in the middle of my life; I’ve had it since birth. If I hadn’t had it since birth, it would probably be difficult to adjust to. But I’ve always been used to it, since I’ve had it since birth.”
A redshirt senior, Otule has come a long way in his time with the Golden Eagles. He told CBS of the first impression he made on coach Buzz Williams in high school.
“He told me I sucked,” Otule said. “But he said that I would improve at Marquette. That’s how he earned my trust. He was brutally honest.”
Did Williams remember the interaction differently?
“He did suck,” Williams added. “He was a bad player, but we really need a big guy.”
Williams knew of Otule’s ineptitude on the court, but he didn’t know he was blind until the team doctor Ernest Eugene evaluated Otule the summer before his freshman year.
“Coach, you have a few minutes?” Eugene said. “Did you know Chris was blind?”
“What the hell are you talking about?” Williams responded.
That’s when Eugene told Williams about Otule’s glass eye.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Williams said.
Well, now we are all believers.
A few patients have asked me about this case, which was originally declared a mistrial in February. Here is an excerpt from the story by DAVID GAMBACORTA
“NO BODY PARTS came tumbling out, but there was still plenty of drama Wednesday in Common Pleas Court as the aggravated-assault retrial of Matthew Brunelli unfolded.
Prosecutors have accused Brunelli, 23, of punching onetime bouncer John “Big Red” Huttick in the left eye with an object – possibly a car key – outside a Burholme bar on Aug. 18, 2011, leaving Huttick with a gruesome wound that ultimately caused the eyeball to be removed.
A mistrial was granted in February after Huttick’s glass eye shockingly popped out while he wept on the witness stand.”
Read full story here: Philly.com
Happy New Year!
We wanted to post an update on one of the changes we made to our process in the last year. Last summer, we started to use a new impression material called Vinyl Polysiloxane (VPS for short). This has been used in dentistry and other fields for years. We found a brand that we really like, that is very hydrophilic, has great flow and is allowing us to get amazingly accurate impressions!
We are so excited about this change as the impression has been one of the more uncomfortable stages in our fitting. Patients who have previously experienced discomfort or irritation with the alginate molding material report that this new impression is MUCH more comfortable! The VPS material does not pull moisture from the surrounding tissue, which makes it much more comfortable and also leaves the socket in perfect condition for fitting.
As beneficial as this material is to the patient experience, it is just as beneficial to our ocularist experience and prosthetic fitting. This material allows us to make improvements to our fitting. The material is very versatile and strong, so we do not lose the shape over time and in our casting. Multiple impressions are also possible, providing us with more flexibility and creativity in fitting. One of the most exciting changes of this material is the ability to store the impression for future use and reference. We store the impressions in a cabinet in labeled trays.
The VPS material itself is a great improvement over alginate:
We look forward to continuing to use this material and improving patient comfort and the quality of our ocular prosthetics. Hope your year is off to a great start!
Lauren Scruggs is a model who was injured when she walked into a propeller after disembarking an airplane. She was gravely injured, losing her eye and part of her arm. She did several interviews earlier this month. Her outlook and perspective on this loss is quite remarkable, thanks Lauren for sharing your struggle and the source of your strength! Check out one of the 3 news reports below.
“MIAMI (AP) – It’s not that body parts never wash ashore on Florida beaches. But usually it’s not an eye the size of a softball.
State wildlife officials are trying to determine the species of a blue eyeball found by a man Wednesday at Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale.
They put the eyeball on ice so it can be analyzed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
Agency spokeswoman Carli Segelson says the eyeball likely came from a marine animal, since it was found on a beach. Possible candidates include a giant squid, a whale or some type of large fish.”
Check out the full article here on the Komo 4 news site.
Komo 4 News played this story last month about kids that are blind, but are learning tennis at this camp run by a local high school girl! Check out the full story on Komo News.
A new approach to restoring vision. Some interesting research going on in this area. Check out this article released today in the Daily Telegraph.