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Imitation Among Ocularists is a Sincere Form of Flattery

Plagiariam Advanced Artificial Eyes photo It was recently brought to our attention at Advanced Artificial Eyes that a hospital in Sri Lanka, Roseth Hospital, is using an image of one of our digital iris patients to advertise its prosthetic eye service. We are opposed to plagiarism of any kind. But rather than feel peeved, we view this as a sincere form of genuine flattery. Our collaborative approach makes us very open to working with other professionals in the prosthetic eye field, anywhere they may be in the world. Our ultimate goal is to help as many patients as possible live "normal," "under the radar" lives. The only possible hesitation we may have in the case of this photo use is if Roseth Hospital is unable to deliver on the promise of quality that the photo embodies. We invite prosthetic eye...
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The long term costs of cheap stock eyes

  [caption id="attachment_1383" align="aligncenter" width="300"]stock artificial eyes These stock eyes were made in a factory using generic shapes, in order to manufacture eyes at the lowest cost possible. These  eyes will not fit properly into a socket and may even cause long-term facial deformity.[/caption] Not all prosthetics are made in the same fashion -- some are molded by a professional, others are factory made, and some utilize a combination of both methods. In the past, "stock eyes" (eyes made in a factory with no regard to the anatomy of an individual) were the only option for patients. Because of the harm these pieces caused, the field has moved toward using custom solutions. In fact, members of the American Society of Ocularists have taken an oath never to use stock pieces. Shockingly, however, stock pieces are in use in many parts of the world, including India, Mexico...
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Is your prosthetic eye hydrophobic?

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Above, in a hydrophilic surface (left), liquid sheets across. In a hydrophobic surface (right), liquid collects in tight droplets. In a well-made prosthetic eye, tears should flow evenly across the prosthesis just as they do over the natural eye -- in a sheet-like fashion, rather than collecting in droplets. We call this type of behavior hydrophilic -- "water loving." Hydrophobic ("water fearing") artificial eyes repel water, much like the surface of a waxed car. The difference between a hydrophilic and a hydrophobic piece can have dramatic differences in the satisfaction for the patient. Hydrophobic pieces can lead to feelings of dryness and discomfort, excess mucus secretion, blistering and giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC). It's important to note that some of these problems may arise from the patient's own biology.  But often, they arise because of problems that the ocularist creates. The waxes used to polish...
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Non-24 Disorder – and what can be done about it

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Recent studies are showing that 70% of people without vision are having problem with their circadian rhythm, a condition called Non-24 circadian rhythm disorder. Non-24 has some serious consequences: patients are gaining weight, falling asleep during the day, not sleeping at night, developing anxiety, and even suffering from depression.

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If the person in question has some vision, but is wearing a prosthetic eye that prevents light from penetrating, there is a solution: a transparent pupil. By allowing the eye to see light, a person's circadian rhythm can be reset to help treat their condition.   Other treatments are currently being researched. You can learn about them at non-24.com.

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Digital Irises spread around the world following ASO conference

 

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John gave 2 presentations at this year's American Society of Ocularists conference in New Orleans, and presented his digital iris technology to the wider world of ocularists. We are very happy to announce that Irises Unlimited irises are now available in South Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, in addition to all the locations they are already available. We will be updating our list of remote locations as we solidify these partnerships. The digital revolution in ocularistry continues to spread and we are very excited to be a part of it.

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Advanced Artificial Eyes & Irises Unlimited featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times

Los-Angeles-Times We are very proud of the article just published on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, by ace reporter Eryn Brown. It is an honor to be able to help our patients, spread new technology, and be recognized for doing good work! Read the article and check out the cool photos here: http://www.latimes.com/local/columnone/la-sci-c1-ocularist-families-20131022-dto,0,7501011.htmlstory#axzz2iOhCGmS0...
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Digital Irises in India

We are excited to announce that Irises Unlimited digital irises are now being used in India. Dr. Kuldeep Raizada, of Hyderabad, is a board certified ocularist, an anaplastologist, and an oculoplastic surgeon, providing top of the line care to patients from around his country and beyond. Below are images of an Irises Unlimited iris in action, in India. IMG_1187 IMG_1188 IMG_1189 IMG_1190 IMG_1197  

Dr. Raizada, through his company Akitri, is now the official distributor of Irises Unlimited digital irises in India. Please contact him about placing an order:

Head Office: 8-1-284/OU/232 OU Colony, Shaikpet, Hyderabad-8, AP, India Tel +91 40 3244 3781 Fax : +91-40-2356 2729 Care...
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Ocularist Bedside Manner: Our Philosophy

highest quality prosthetic eye service A question often asked in the ocularist world: Is it more important to have great bedside manner or great skills? If you had to choose one or the other, which one would you pick? Our take on this is: Obviously skills are the most important, but if you don't have a good bedside manner, what the heck are you doing in medicine anyway? People who go into medicine should ideally do it to care for people. Ocularists do more than build a piece of plastic. We are in the business of restoring self image and self esteem. Using this as our guiding philosophy, we MUST be willing to come back and address our patients' concerns regardless of how valid we personally feel they may be. The patient is the person who must wear...
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Artificial Eye Patients are in the Dark

occularist Many prosthetic eye patients do not know that there are differences in quality of artificial eyes, and in the level of service they will get from their ocularist. One of our goals at Advanced Artificial Eyes is to communicate more directly with patients about why our work and our eyes are the best. We will always strive to provide the highest quality prosthetic eye service possible. Most artificial eye patients find an ocularist through the referral of an oculoplastic surgeon. These doctors often have 1 ocularist whom they refer their patients to over and over. This may be because they do not know there are other options out there and have simply gotten in the habit of referring to one person. When a surgeon refers a patient to an ocularist, the patient usually never learns that...
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