Posts by Paul Geelen

Prosthetic eyes. Australian health insurance item numbers.

We’ve just come back from another interesting meeting of the Ocularist Association of Australia. At the meeting we discussed the development of a universal item number for artificial eyes. With the current system in Australia artificial eyes are covered by most health insurance companies as an ancillary benefit. This is similar to dental and optical…

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Live Your Dream

Imagine you are seven years years old.  You are lying in a hospital with both eyes bandaged.  You will lose one eye.  You might lose your sight entirely.  Your mother is very distressed. A visitor comes to see you.  She is a little girl who has lost an eye.  You never get to see her…

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Eye Will Survive – Debbie Atkinson’s story

Our last blog – Losteye.com – What Can I Say? was written by guest blogger Debbie Atkinson. I feel so pleased to have come across Debbie Atkinson’s story.  As well as writing about her experiences with Losteye.com Debbie has also given permission to link to her website and her own eye loss story, Eye Will Survive. Debbie…

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Losteye.com – What Can I Say

We welcome guest blogger Debbie Atkinson. “Losteye…..what can I say?? I remember researching the procedure of evisceration when I had been told that was the plan. I was desperate for some insight and to speak with someone who had been through the same. I just by chance stumbled across Losteye.com after typing in lost eye…

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When one eye is better than two

When clients visit me for the first time I will generally show them the “Adjusting and Adapting to eye loss mind map.” When I talk about monocular vision and sport I will often tell the story of James Bonner who played snooker at an international level and on one occasion competed in the Australian Open championship…

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Artificial Eye Clinic, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai

This is my seventh visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai to make artificial eyes. Moorfields has an incredibly supportive environment which makes my job uncomplicated and a pleasure. Clients are welcomed to the hospital by friendly and efficient front desk staff who take them through to a comfortable waiting room where they are offered refreshments…

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Phantom Eye Syndrome

An interesting and not often talked about aspect of having an eye enucleated is Phantom Eye Syndrome. It has been described as a fireworks show with flashes of bright light.  The theory is that when the optic nerve is cut the brain receives irregular impulses and interprets them as flashes of light. The effect varies…

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Tanya Vlach – #21 grow a new eye

I’ve just finished reading Tanya Vlach’s eye loss story and it is amazing. Tanya is a gifted and generous writer.  Her words take you into the world of someone coming to terms with an event that changes the self emotionally and physically. This honest account is a gift to every person who has experienced eye…

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Sanjay’s artificial eye story

We have recently started a section on this website for people’s artificial eye stories. The purpose of this new section  is to attract people from around the world to share their experiences of eye loss. Our first story has been submitted by Sanjay from Dubai. Sanjay has given a lot of thought to this and has highlighted…

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