Creating Movement within an Orbital Prosthesis
Maxillofacial Prosthetics is the combination of artistic skill and scientific knowledge of the human anatomy to restore a patient’s natural appearance after suffering from disease or trauma causing malformation. Advancements in silicones, colouring techniques, photo-imaging and 3D printing have aided maxillofacial prosthetics in becoming almost indistinguishable from the body part or facial feature they aim to replace. As humans we identify each other by the facial features we are born with, making every human unique in appearance. Although a specialised area of expertise, maxillofacial prosthetics is a vital component in making a patient once again feel
comfortable in their own skin by giving them confidence to face human interaction.
This research focuses on the orbital prosthesis, because unlike any other facial feature that can be replaced with prosthetics, the illusion of the orbital prosthesis fails when the healthy eye moves, and the prosthetic eye is static. The aim of this research is to investigate how technology advancements could in future allow for an orbital prosthesis to be synchronised to the natural movements of the patient’s healthy eye.