Prosthetic Assistance Grants

About the PAP Program

As one of the top destinations online for OM-related information, OMF is inundated with requests from throughout the USA for assistance with research, treatment and travel. We do our best to fulfill these requests, but we have for some time wished to have a more structured program for disbursing funds, first for patient travel through the Travel Assistance Program, and now the Prosthetic Assistance Program (PAP) to assist individuals in need of an ocular prostheses.

An ocular prosthesis (also called an artificial eye or, often incorrectly, a glass eye) is a type of prosthesis that replaces an absent natural eye following an enucleation, evisceration, or orbital exenteration. The prosthesis fits over an orbital implant (typically a porous materials such as hydroxyapatite sutured in at the time of the eye removal) and under the eyelids. The prosthesis roughly takes the shape of a convex shell and sits over the implant like a curved shield; it's this shield that other people see.

Prostheses are typically made of medical grade plastic acrylic or, sometimes, cryolite glass. A variant of the ocular prosthesis is a very thin hard shell known as a scleral shell which can be worn over a damaged or eviscerated eye.

Makers of these prosthetics are known as ocularists and, given the custom-fitted, hand-painted nature of today's better prostheses, patients often have trouble buying them, or at least buying ones that they find cosmetically suitable.

The Awards

OMF has provided many grants for individuals with evidence of financial hardship to receive prosthetic assistance for OM-related, doctor-prescribed ocular and facial prosthetics. You will be required to submit verification of your diagnosis and typically are for those who earn less than $125,000 annually. You must be USA based and your prosthetic provider must also be within the USA.

Anticipated awards are $100 - $4,000 per individual.  
We pay the Provider directly and can not do any reimbursements after the fact.  
So please apply as soon as you are thinking of getting a prosthetic. 

Selection Criteria

Applications for the PAP Awards will be evaluated solely on need.

Factors that will be weighed when evaluating each application include the unique financial situation of the applicant and their family, time since diagnosis, and specific nature of the professional recommendations surrounding prosthetic creation for the patient.

Apply for a PAP Award

Applying is easy and must be done online. Simply click here and be taken to our online application form.
An OMF representative will be in touch shortly (usually 1 - 2 business days) to discuss next steps.  Check your SPAM folder just in case it lands there.

Along with the confidential questionnaire, applicants must submit evidence of income (proof of financial status and hardship) along with any supporting materials. A doctor's verification of your diagnosis will also be required.  We only help those with ocular melanoma.
If you have any questions, please email