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$3,000 eye restores visions of Lawton horse show

BY ANN KELLEY Published: October 13, 2008
Brandon La Fuente has made hundreds of prosthetic eyes, including one for his most unusual patient: a one-eyed miniature show horse named KBuck.

The horse was born June 1 at Lil Chums Miniature Horse Farm in Lawton. It lost its eye a few days after birth. Owner Kelsey Chumbley, 12, said she suspects the young horse was the victim of a swift kick from its mother.

"We thought he was going to end up being a backyard pet” instead of a show horse, Kelsey said. "When we found out he had a second chance I was really excited for him.”

KBuck’s prosthetic eye was handcrafted by designers at La Fuente Ocular Prosthetics in Oklahoma City.

The eye was fashioned with a mold of KBuck’s hollow eye socket and constructed with hard acrylic plastic, La Fuente said. It was hand-painted to look exactly like the horse’s real eye, complete with deep blue features and tiny red veins.

La Fuente said KBuck was under the influence of anesthesia when the mold was made but awake when the eye was put in for the first time and during adjustments.

It took a large man to hold the 65-pound horse steady while La Fuente fitted the eye into the horse’s socket.


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