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What is enucleation?


Enucleation is the surgical removal of the globe (eyeball) only under general anaesthetic. The eyelids, lashes, brow and surrounding skin are all left intact. The individual is fitted with a prosthesis which fills the hole where the eyeball used to be and is made to look exactly like the other eye. Unfortunately there is no current way that eyes can be transplanted to replace an entire eye, thus although the prosthetic eye looks just like the other eye it will have no visual capabilities.

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