After the eye is removed, a temporary cosmetic shell is fitted in the operating theatre (see first picture above). We choose a colour to match the patient's other eye. Although not a perfect colour match, this temporary shell will remain in place until the final artificial eye is made.
Once the eye socket has healed, the temporary cosmetic shell is removed and the final artificial eye implant can be fitted. This is done in the prosthetic eye department in Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow. The team will take photos of your normal eye. The artificial implant is then painted in fine detail to match the photo of your healthy eye. Please see the two other photos above (note both the healthy eyes have been dilated in clinic to examine the back of the eyes so the pupil sizes do not look symmetrical).