Emory Eye Center has begun a new clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a new prosthetic ocular device, made by Porex Surgical, Inc. The device, the MEDPOR ATTRACTOR Magnetic Coupling System, will offer patients who need a prosthetic eye a better alternative than ever before.
Those needing a prosthetic eye include patients who have had recent enucleations (eye removal) due to trauma or disease and congenital disorders.
"The new device provides our patients with a more realistic prosthetic eye because of a magnetic attraction that can improve the eye's movement," says Robert Bernardino, MD, oculoplastics specialist at Emory Eye Center. "Because the prosthetic eye is vital to making a patient feel whole again, this new one, which provides better movement of the prosthetic eye, is helping their comfort level."
BACKGROUND Porex Surgical, Inc. (Newnan, Ga.) is a manufacturer of medical devices and is the maker of MEDPOR porous polyethylene implants, used for craniofacial reconstruction, and of the MEDPOR ATTRACTOR (TM) Magnetic Coupling System.
MEDPOR Spheres and related shapes are designed for reconstruction of the anophthalmic socket, the condition resulting from the removal of the eye due to trauma or disease. The MEDPOR Implant is placed within the socket and covered with the pink conjunctival tissues after the eye is removed.
After healing, a prosthetic eye, (commonly called a "Glass Eye" although made of acrylic plastic), painted to look like a real eye, and shaped like a thick contact lens, is placed in the socket behind the eyelids and over the tissue covered implant. The MEDPOR Implant often moves within the socket in the same way a normal eye will move, but this motion is only partially transmitted to the prosthetic eye, resulting in an unnatural appearance when the patient looks around.
The MEDPOR ATTRACTOR (TM) Magnetic Coupling System seeks to provide a way for many patients to achieve enhanced movement in the prosthetic eye, for a more natural appearance for the patient.
The clinical trial at Emory Eye Center is currently enrolling patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 404-778-2020.