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The First Hydroxyapatite Orbital Implant
The first orbital implant made of hydroxyapatite was implanted in 1985, by Dr. Arthur Perry, after several years of preliminary research. The eye muscles can be attached directly to this implant, allowing it to move within the orbit- just like the natural eye.
Some of this movement is automatically transferred to the artificial eye, which fits over the tissues that cover the implant. If greater movement is desired, a titanium peg is used to connect the artificial eye to the implant. In this way, even the small, darting movements of the natural eye can be transformed directly to the artificial eye.
The result is a more natural-looking artificial eye that can be difficult to distinguish from the natural eye.
The Bio-eye Orbital Implant
This unique, patented implant was released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989.
Today, over 80,000 people worldwide have benefited from the Bio-eye orbital implant, the natural orbital implant, which is known as the Bio-eye Hydroxyapatite Orbital Implant. In addition to natural eye movement, the Bio-eye orbital implant offers many less-obvious benefits. It reduces implant migration and extrusion, which are common with the other implants.
The implant can prevent drooping of the lower lid by supporting the weight of the artificial eye via a peg connection. The peg in the implant can help hold the weight of the artificial eye, reducing the downward push on the lower eyelid.
These are important benefits that can eliminate the need to choose between further corrective surgery and an unsatisfactory appearance.
The benefits of natural movement and fewer long-term problems have made the Bio-eye orbital implant the implant of choice among leading ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons worldwide. It is the most widely used orbital implant that becomes a living part of the body.