Iris assembly for a prosthetic eye device

  • US 7,291,294 B2
  • Filed: 08/18/2005
  • Issued: 11/06/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/11/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for making an iris assembly for a prosthetic eye device, comprising the steps of:

  • obtaining a photographic image of an iris portion of a natural eye;

    storing the photographic image;

    adjusting the stored photographic image such that the image replicates the iris portion of the natural eye;

    printing the adjusted photographic image;

    curing the printed photographic image;

    trimming the cured photographic image to form an iris member;

    shaping the trimmed iris member;

    impregnating the shaped iris member with an adhesive solution;

    curing the impregnated iris member;

    assembling together a backside surface of the cured iris member to a frontside surface of an iris button with an adhesive solution therebetween, and placing a cornea molding material proximate a frontside surface of the cured iris member;

    molding together the cured iris member, iris button and cornea molding material to form a molded iris assembly;

    curing the molded iris assembly;

    allowing the cured iris assembly to cool; and

    cleaning and polishing the cooled iris assembly, wherein the cleaned and polished iris assembly yields an accurate reproduction of the iris portion of the natural eye.

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