Journal of Nepalese Prosthodontic Society



Ocular prostheses have been used since a very long time ago. Success of ocular prosthesis dependsupon its adaptation with anopthalmic socket which is best determined by ocular impressions. Variousimpression techniques and materials have been described in the literature. This case report highlightsthe use of empirical impression technique for fabrication of ocular prosthesis of a 65-year old malewho had undergone enucleation surgery of left eye. The empirical impression technique involves: firsta close visual examination of patient’s socket, then a wax shell is designed and modified empiricallyto a shape that fits the socket; second, an impression is made of the socket, using this wax shell as animpression tray. Reduced treatment time and increased simplicity are the primary advantages of thismethod. This technique of impression making is not feasible in cases with highly irregular sockets.

Key words: Anopthalmic; custom wax impression tray; empirical; enucleation; ocular prosthesis.

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