The psychosocial impact of losing an eye through traumatic injury and living with prosthetic restoration: A thematic analysis

Joni Keys, Martin Dempster, Jonathan Jackson, Michael Williams, Sinead Coyle

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Abstract

This study aims to explore the psychosocial factors and challenges affecting the lives of those who wear an ocular prosthesis following a traumatic eye injury. Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with eight individuals resulted in five themes: emotional devastation in the aftermath; moving forward; fear of negative social evaluation; keeping it normal - protecting self and close others; and threat of injury & blindness. Enucleation or evisceration of an eye causes significant emotional stress. Despite successful prosthetic restoration, many individuals continue to experience ongoing psychosocial challenges, as a consequence of their experiences of visible difference and visual impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103383
JournalActa Psychologica
Volume219
Early online date02 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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