Volume 48, Issue 2 (March 2003)
Commentary on: Stephan CN. Facial approximation: globe projection guideline falsified by exophthalmometry literature. J Forensic Sci 2002;47(4):730–5.
In a recent article, Facial Approximation: Globe Projection Guideline Falsified by Exophthalmometry Literature, (1) Carl Stephan concludes that the globe projection guideline presently used by forensic sculptors is incorrect and should be replaced by measurements acquired from in vivo studies of the human eye. The author should be congratulated on his review of the exophthalmometry literature. However, the guideline he claims to have falsified is intended for the art-quality artificial eyes used by most forensic sculptors. These eyes do not have actual corneas. The iris is simply covered with a thin film of acrylic that forms the anterior surface of the prosthesis. Some facial approximation experts actually sculpt the eye from clay so that the iris itself forms the most anterior surface of the globe.