Prosthetic eye-making is a unique and challenging skill.
Also known as glass eyes, they are used to hide the scars or tissues formed after an eye is surgically removed.
Every eye is made to measure and is hand-painted so it looks and feels as natural as possible.
For Jenny Geelenn and her brother, Paul, crafting artificial eyes is a family business and lifelong mission.
Although prosthetic eyes cannot bring a person’s sight back, it can help patients in other ways. Jenny Geelen explains that people may feel discriminated against after having an eye removed.
“Just getting by in normal life as well as finding jobs and employment, it can be very hard for them too, so they get a bit ostracized from society,” says Geelen.
Prosthetic eyes can therefore help people regain their confidence and live as they did before they had their eye removed.