Category Archives: Ocularist

Scleral Shell Ocular Prosthetics

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What is a Scleral Shell?

A scleral shell is a bit like a thicker contact lens that usually fits over existing eyes. Many people are unaware that scleral shells can help both those who have suffered serious eye trauma, as well as those people who simply have unsightly (not great looking) eyes, but perfect vision. At the office of John Stolpe, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality scleral shells, both visually and in terms of fit. The first step in creating a scleral shell, or scleral contact lens, is to come into the office for a preliminary consultation. The ocularist will evaluate each person’s unique situation and make a recommendation on how to proceed. Next, we take an impression of the eye. This impression is much like a dental impression taken at an orthodontist’s...
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Damaged Eye – The office of John Stolpe

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Damaged Eye in Los Angeles

An eye can be damaged for many reasons. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer eye injury and damage, every year. Many more get a damaged eye due to disease. Sustaining eye damage can be traumatic and sometimes painful. Replacing it doesn’t have to be. When trauma or disease strikes, ocular specialists may tell a patient that the eye needs to be removed. However, our experience at Advanced Artificial Eyes is that eyes should only be removed if they are causing a risk to life or pain to the patient. If a healthy, damaged eye is left in place, even if it is unseeing, we are able to create a prosthesis with a large amount of mobility. But even in cases of enucleation or exenteration (whole or partial removal of...
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Prosthetic Eyes – John Stolpe, BCO, BADO

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Highest Quality Prosthetic Eyes

Prosthetic eyes can help people who have suffered eye trauma or eye loss live normal, "under the radar" lives. At the office of John Stolpe, we understand how much an eye means to the comfort of individuals going about their day, and we work tirelessly to produce the absolute highest quality prosthetic eyes to help each and every one of our patients. While many people believe that prosthetic eyes are only for folks missing an eye, in fact this is not the case. Out of the millions of eye injuries that occur every year, many people keep their eye intact. Though it may lose vision or appear unsightly, eyes can (and should) remain healthy organs within an individual's anatomy. The reason for this is multifold. Ocular health can be better maintained when an eye remains in...
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Ocularist – John Stolpe, BCO, BADO


What is an Ocularist?

An ocularist is a medical professional who makes artificial eyes. This may sound like a simple task, but in reality there are many complex and important skills and services that an ocularist should offer in order to make the absolute best piece possible. John Stolpe draws on 3 generations of ocularistry in his practice to continue to innovate in his field, and offer a dedication to care that is second to none. In the past, artificial eyes were made only of glass. John Stolpe's grandfather worked as an ocularist and was key in evolving the field away from glass to modern day acrylic. He served as a medic in WWII, and was forced to improvise when Germany cut off supplies to troops. It turns out that acrylic is a far superior material for 3...
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Los Angeles Ocularist – John Stolpe

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Los Angeles Ocularist John Stolpe

There are many factors to consider when choosing an ocularist in Los Angeles or anywhere. These include but are not limited to:

  • Experience - How long and how well does an ocularist know their craft?
  • Quality of Work - How effective is an ocularist at fitting? What about color matching?
  • Relationships with other specialists - Often fitting an artificial eye involves a whole team of specialists. Does your ocularist have the right relationships?
  • Approach or bedside manner - Is your ocularist a kind and caring professional?
  • Integrity - Does your ocularist truly have your best interests in mind in all that he or she does?
  • Cost - Will you be offered top notch work at a reasonable cost? Will the office assist you with insurance matters?

Best Ocularist Work in Los Angeles, CA


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