John Stolpe, BCO, BADO
While innovation is a top priority for me, being an Ocularist is so much more than technique. It’s psychological and physical rehabilitation. I pride myself on helping the widest range of patients with an easily approachable manner, from those with vision who simply need a cosmetic solution to look better, to severe trauma cases, like burn victims. There’s nothing that gives me more satisfaction than knowing I have changed someone’s life for the better. I hope that my passion for what I do is inspiring to you, and I look forward to working with you on the solution that fits you just right.
The Collaborative Approach
Making prosthetic eyes is a team effort, there are many variables in the process that are needed to coordinate together. The core of this philosophy is that more heads are better than one.
We work with oculoplastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, anaplastologists, contact lens producers, and more. Notably, we collaborate with other Ocularists whom we feel are doing excellent work. We share thoughts on techniques, materials, even the measures we take to make sure our patients are having a psychologically positive experience.
A collaborative approach also includes members of a patient’s family. We take into consideration the stakeholders in our patient’s process — family, children, wife, husband or friends. We believe in creating a positive, fun process of working together which is only possible with an open, caring environment. We don’t use jargon, we don’t intimidate and we don’t talk down.
We believe in humility at Advanced Artificial Eyes and we know that we can always improve. Therefore we strongly feel that an open, collaborative approach will yield better results for our patients than closed competition. Our mission is to work with the best and the brightest, whether that person happens to be another Ocularist, a painter, plastic manufacturer or psychologist. The highest level of success is constantly striving to do our best.
A History of Innovation
Our family’s history of innovation in artificial prosthetic eyes dates back over half a century, to World War II.
Germany had cut off the supply of glass used to make artificial eyes for Americans. The United States Army Medical Corps responded by instituting its own program to develop and deliver plastic prosthetic eyes to servicemen. Frederick Lewis was chosen to be part of that program. He began working to invent the modern acrylic prosthetic eye, an innovation that proved new, efficient materials could replace old glass technology.
What is a Board Certified Ocularist aka B.C.O.?
B.C.O. stands for Board Certified Ocularist. The title is conferred by the National Examining Board of Ocularists and indicates experience, competence and generally many years of experience in helping patients with artificial eyes. A certification from NEBO is the highest level of certification for artificial eyes in the world.