VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO THE
IRISES UNLIMITED DIGITAL IRIS STARTER KIT
To read a transcript of this video, click here.
IS DIGITAL MANUFACTURING THE FUTURE OF OCULARISTRY?
WE BELIEVE IT IS.
Using the latest digital photography tools, we are able to observe and record eyes unlike ever before.
Making digital, artificial eyes isn’t just a matter of input. As ocularists, our work is all about output. With the latest digital printing, at resolution from 300 to 2400 dpi (dots per inch), we have the ability to more precisely duplicate the intricate structure and color of each patient’s anatomy.
NOW, WE ARE MAKING THE FRUITS OF OUR PROPRIETARY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO THE OCULARIST PROFESSION.
Through our digital iris company, Irises Unlimited, we are presenting a starter kit of 84 iris buttons, which ocularists can use as they are, or they can customize and overpaint as they would a painted piece. We have determined that our 84 hues cover the widest range of possible iris colors in patients. The goal is to drastically simplify the process of matching a patient’s eye color. We hope that by sharing our technology, we are able to help more than one person at a time. Currently, we are working with ocularists in Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, India, Palestine, France, and the Netherlands to spread this technology. Out of these, a select few have become Certified Irises Unlimited Remote Locations.
You may also purchase individual irises off our starter kit.
Please contact us for pricing of digital irises at JohnStolpe@gmail.com or (818) 758-1666.
In the near future, we plan to introduce new colors from our current library of thousands, as well as having custom irises manufactured for your patient remotely.
Read more about digital manufacturing of irises at this blog post.
WHERE CAN I SEE THE BOARD?
To protect our intellectual property, our irises are not available in a digital format. If you would like to see our irises before ordering, you have 3 options:
1 – View our irises in person at the semi-annual ocularist meeting.
2 – Have us mail you a glossy print-out of our irises. You may order a free glossy print-out by sending your mailing address to JohnStolpe@gmail.com or calling us at (818) 758-1666.
3 – Find an ocularist in your area who already uses our technology and set up an office visit. You may see a list of our partners here.
HOW DO I ORDER?
You can place your order with a credit card over the phone phone, at (818) 758-1666, or by mailing us a paper check. To reorder individual irises, fax in your order form to (818) 758-1786, Attention: Irises Unlimited.
Download the re-order form (PDF) for individual irises off the STARTER KIT here.
Download the re-order form (PDF) for individual irises off the BROWN BOARD here.
HOW DO I INCORPORATE THIS PROCESS INTO MY PRACTICE?
Every Digital Iris Button we produce is molded in medical grade acrylic with dimensions that coincide with Strauss curved-back dies (nominal 2mm clear over pupil.) Just like traditional iris buttons, they must be fully encased in properly polymerized PMMA as set forth in the ASO Standard Operating Procedures.
All of our iris buttons are ready for insertion in the scleral stage, as with traditional painted irises. The digital process enables controlled, exact color reproduction of each iris button time after time. They are tested and proven to not react with normal eye socket chemistry, and they do not bubble or blister in the way sometimes seen in brown painted iris images.
Final sizing of the diameter and thickness of the digital iris button prior to molding in sclera is accomplished just as with traditional painted irises, using an ultra-sharp surgical blade to shave down the outer circumference and/or thickness of the iris.
For very thin prosthetic eye shapes, the back of the prosthesis must be smooth with no accidental polishing of the posterior surface, as not to expose the digital image through the sclera. If this occurs for any reason, we no longer guarantee the integrity of the iris. Often the iris can still be fixed by sealing the flaw with monopoly and then the back of the eye must be re-packed in PMMA, polymerized, and polished to form a new, un-blemished layer of PMMA.
ORDERING A CUSTOM IRIS
Using the Patient Eye Form (download PDF here) and the starter kit numbers, you may place orders for a custom iris if you have a need that does not match the irises on the kit. Please watch this video tutorial for placing a custom order:
OPTIONAL MODIFICATIONS TO DIGITAL IRISES BEFORE
INSERTION IN PROSTHESIS
Often, Irises Unlimited Digital Irises do not need to be modified at all before insertion in the prosthesis. However, there are a few instances where this is desirable, and the video below outlines them:
1 – For a soft limbus, we show how to bevel the iris
2 – For a smaller iris, we demonstrate how to reduce diameter
3 – For a thin prosthesis, we show how to reduce thickness
As a bonus, we also include a tip in this video on how to control depth and thickness when inserting the iris in the prosthesis.
HOW TO OVERPAINT DIGITAL IRISES
Digital irises can be overpainted just as traditional irises can. In the video below, we outline the following techniques:
0:37 – Tip: How to preview an eye using glycerine
1:20 – Overpaint method 1: Painting a darker limbus
3:22 – Overpaint method 2: Adding an arcus
4:22 – Overpaint method 3: Darkening the stroma
6:03 – Interim pupil shaping step 1: Shaving down the pupil
6:56 – Interim pupil shaping step 2: Pumice over the pupil
7:35 – Overpaint method 4: Add a collarette
10:43 – Overpaint method 5: Add a new pupil
Please do not hesitate to e-mail us at JohnStolpe@gmail.com or call our office at (818) 758-1666.
Advanced Artificial Eyes
18455 Burbank Blvd #202
Tarzana, CA, 91356
Tarzana, CA, 91356