Morgantown, WV

Prosthetic eyes for all ages

Improving how the world sees you

Working with prosthetics

Prosthetic eyes in West Virginia

Christopher Antonini founded Antonini Ocular Prosthetics, LLC in 2013 following the completion of his apprenticeship under noted ocularist Walter Tillman. As West Virginia’s only board certified ocularist, Christopher provides the highest quality of custom ocular prosthetics.

Our services

Beyond your appointment

We know that selecting an ocularist is important as this is an ongoing partnership. We are a resource for you outside of your appointment and are always available to answer your questions or help educate you on your prosthetic.

Patient resources

Christopher M. Antonini,

B.C.O., B.A.D.O

Chris’ rigorous training and certifications from The American Society of Ocularists (ASO) and The National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO) ensures that his patients receive only the best product and care that the industry offers. As a member of the ocularist community, Christopher serves as a Diplomat of the ASO. Most recently, Christopher volunteered his expertise for the Kids Insight Project at the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association.

Christopher Antonini

Fully custom

Every prosthetic eye is impression fitted and hand painted to best suit you.

Morgantown, WV

The opportunity to complete an apprenticeship with the only ocularist in the state fell in my lap after graduating art school. So, in a way, this career found me.

Christopher M. Antonini

Services

From Prosthetic eyes and scleral cover shells to ongoing care and polishes, Antonini Ocular Prosthetics is a partner for your ongoing ocular needs.

Hand-painted prosthetics

Prosthetic eyes

Ocular Prosthetics

A custom fit ocular prosthesis is fit over an orbital implant that is placed in the eye socket following surgery for enucleation or evisceration.

Scleral Cover Shells

A custom fit scleral cover shell is fit over a dysfunctional eye which has not been surgically removed.

Prosthesis Polishes

Modern ocular prostheses are made of the highest quality acrylic. This material results in a very hard and durable prosthesis that can be easily modified. As sturdy as this material is, your prosthesis may develop scratches or protein deposits over time and will need to be polished for optimal comfort and fit.

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Pediatric patient with prosthetic eye
It was a very scary time for me losing my eye and Chris gave me hope. He didn't quit until the prosthesis was perfect. His work is amazing!

Timothy Elmore

Antonini Ocular Prosthetics
2020-11-22T12:57:27+00:00

Timothy Elmore

It was a very scary time for me losing my eye and Chris gave me hope. He didn't quit until the prosthesis was perfect. His work is amazing!
My daughter absolutely loves to go visit her ocularist, and has seen him for years! Chris Antonini is amazing with kids, and has a gentle and calming presence that is needed when working with children. His work is impressive and we would 10/10 recommend him to anyone in need of a prosthetic!

Angi Day (Ivy Day - daughter/patient)

Antonini Ocular Prosthetics
2020-11-22T12:59:56+00:00

Angi Day (Ivy Day - daughter/patient)

My daughter absolutely loves to go visit her ocularist, and has seen him for years! Chris Antonini is amazing with kids, and has a gentle and calming presence that is needed when working with children. His work is impressive and we would 10/10 recommend him to anyone in need of a prosthetic!
Chris is very professional and made our son feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. His work is phenomenal and we couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.

Stephanie Barber & Travis Burrows

Antonini Ocular Prosthetics
2021-01-09T16:29:05+00:00

Stephanie Barber & Travis Burrows

Chris is very professional and made our son feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. His work is phenomenal and we couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.
This man is amazing, he gave me the courage to face society again without feeling like a monster, my eye is so perfect that even optometrists are fooled. Several times I’ve had people just stare in “ahhhhhh” because it’s so real. I’m a DJ and I’m in the public eye all the time. Christopher has given me the Faith to look people in the eye with confidence.

Timothy Elmore

Antonini Ocular Prosthetics
2021-01-09T16:29:36+00:00

Timothy Elmore

This man is amazing, he gave me the courage to face society again without feeling like a monster, my eye is so perfect that even optometrists are fooled. Several times I’ve had people just stare in “ahhhhhh” because it’s so real. I’m a DJ and I’m in the public eye all the time. Christopher has given me the Faith to look people in the eye with confidence.
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Antonini Ocular Prosthetics

Caring for your prosthesis

Patient Resources

We are your best resource

If you’re having issues with your prosthesis, reach out to us immediately, so we can help identify and resolve the issue. Our office number is 877-594-0719.

Inserting & removing your prosthesis

Hand washing

Always wash your hands before handling your prosthesis

Inserting your prosthesis

Lift Upper Eyelid, and Look Down. Insert Prosthesis under upper eyelid. Push In and Up. Release Upper Lid and Pull Lower Eyelid Down, Push Prosthesis In.

Removing your prosthesis

Place Suction Cup On Prosthesis, and pull Lower Eyelid Down. Rock Prosthesis Up In Socket, remove by pulling Prosthesis Out and Down.

Long Term Care

Ocular prostheses can develop scratches and protein deposits over time that can lead to discomfort, itching, and pain for the patient. A professional cleaning and polishing will solve most of these issues.

Most insurance companies will provide for a polish every six months. At a minimum, we recommend that you visit for a check-up AT LEAST once a year.

Over time, the tissue in your eye socket changes and your prosthesis will need to be replaced. Most insurance companies will provide coverage for a new prosthesis once every 5 years. Please call our office to determine if you are eligible for a new prosthesis.

Caring for your Prosthesis

Hand washing

Always wash your hands before handling your prosthesis

Once you have removed your prosthesis, wash the prosthesis with your hands. Never use any mechanical rotating polishing equipment.

Place the prosthesis in a wet Terry cloth material and apply gas permeable contact lens cleaner or original Johnson Baby Shampoo (without conditioner). This will help eliminate the protein and salt from the surface of your prosthesis. (Boston, Optimum and some drug store brands make gas permeable contact lens cleaners.)

Gently rub the prosthesis between your fingers to form a lather with the cleaning agent.

Thoroughly rinse your prosthesis with water before re-inserting.

If dryness should occur you may use any over the counter products such as Refresh (artificial tears) or Boston (gas permeable contact lens cleaner) for relief.

Alert

Never use alcohol or alcohol based cleaning products to clean your prosthesis

Storing your prosthesis

Although it is not recommended, in the event that you need to remove the prosthesis for any length of time, we recommend storing it in a clean container filled with commercial saline.

Your Appointment

Scheduling a Visit

All appointments are scheduled by calling our office at 877-594-0719. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with scheduling and any questions you have. When scheduling your appointment or leaving a message, please be certain to leave your full name, a working phone number, current address and e-mail address.

Payments and Billing

Antonini Ocular Prosthetics, LLC accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield and more. Financing is also available. For questions about coverage please call our office staff who will assist you in maximizing your benefits.

Alert

Cancellations

In the event that you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call our office at 877-594-0719. As our schedule often involves travel, we appreciate 24 hours notice for all cancellations.

What to Expect

Appointments for custom fitted ocular prosthesis and scleral cover shells last approximately 6 or more hours. This is due to the many steps involved in getting your prosthesis properly fitted, colored, and processed. There will be multiple breaks and time allotted for lunch during your appointment, so please plan accordingly.

Appointments for routine check-ups vary in time depending on what type of service your prosthesis requires. A simple polish or reduction may take only 30 minutes, whereas an enlargement may take up to two hours.

For more information about how long your appointment will take, please contact our office at 877-594-0719.

Get in touch

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Our locations

Antonini Ocular Prosthetics, LLC is pleased to offer three convenient office locations to serve our patients. To reach us by phone 877.594.0719

Morgantown, WV

WVU Eye Institute
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV • 26506

Charleston, WV

Medical Arts Building
1021 Quarrier St. • Suite 303
Charleston, WV • 25301

Beckley, WV

Blaydes Eye Clinic
70 Brookshire Lane
Beckley, WV 25801

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