Specialized Training in Eye Removal and Reconstruction

Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson are board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, which means they have met the rigorous high standards and training requirements of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. During this specialized training and for the last 20+ years of clinical practice, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson have performed many surgeries requiring the removal of eyes and tissue reconstruction so that an artificial eye could look and function naturally.

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What Is Eye Removal?

Eye removal, also known as enucleation, is a surgical procedure performed for various reasons, including trauma, severe eye infections, irreparable eye damage, or to treat certain eye cancers. Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson have a high level of expertise and specialization in eye removal surgery. Board certification does not guarantee a certain outcome, but it does ensure specialized training, skill, and expertise far beyond the norm. While our surgeons do not perform the attachment of new artificial eyes, they specialize in the meticulous process of eye removal and collaborate closely with trusted ocularists to ensure optimal outcomes.

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Our state-of-the-art techniques ensure a comfortable and customized fit, enhancing both aesthetics and self-confidence.

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Eye Removal Procedure

When an eye is lost due to trauma, tumor, or infection, patients can benefit from Dr. Sherman’s and Dr. Melson’s modern reconstructive surgery techniques to gain the best possible cosmetic results. During the procedure, the eye is carefully removed from the eye socket while preserving the surrounding tissues and structures. This involves severing the optic nerve and carefully disconnecting the eye muscles. Once the eye is removed, the remaining tissues are often reshaped to support the placement of a custom-made prosthetic eye, also known as an ocular prosthesis. Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson perform eye removal surgery using the latest surgical techniques to preserve the tissues, ensuring that your artificial eye placement surgery has an aesthetically pleasing appearance with natural, life-like movements.

Naturally Moving Artificial Implant

Following the eye removal procedure, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson work closely with ocularists–specialized artisans who will fabricate and attach artificial eyes. These highly trained professionals create custom-made prosthetic eyes that closely resemble natural eyes in color, shape, and movement. State-of-the-art prosthetic implants that can be matched precisely to the functioning eye are available. During this advanced reconstructive surgery, the eye muscles are attached to this artificial eye implant to coordinate its natural movement with the functioning eye. Dr. Melson and Dr. Sherman oversee the process to ensure the normal eye muscles are attached to the orbital implant such that the artificial eye can shift as a normal eye would. Each artificial eye (ocular prosthesis) is specially made for you; it will fit your individually shaped socket and conform to the shape of your implant. It will be hand-painted in your presence to match your natural eye coloring. There will be no pain during the procedures, and anesthetics will not be necessary. You will also receive customized training regarding the cleaning and care of your artificial eye.

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Why Choose Sherman Aesthetic Center?

With a collective experience exceeding 50 years, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson are experts in eye removal surgery and facial reconstruction, offering tailored and VIP-level attention. We understand the emotional challenges associated with eye removal and provide compassionate support to our patients every step of the way. At Sherman Aesthetic Center, we take pride in delivering state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical interventions, ensuring our patients receive the most advanced and innovative treatments available.

Whether you need to undergo surgery to remove the eye for the first time or are planning further reconstructive surgery related to the artificial eye (ocular prosthesis), let us help you begin your journey to regain a natural and youthful appearance so you can face the world – looking your best! Many patients of our patients tell us that it is often hard for strangers on first meeting to tell which eye is artificial because they have such a natural appearance. Schedule your eye removal consultation in Nashville today!

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