Los Angeles Ocularist John Stolpe – Advanced Artificial Eyes

los angeles ocularist john stolpeInnovation is a top priority but being an ocularist is so much more than technique. Being an Ocularist is psychological and physical rehabilitation. I strive to be the Ocularist that I would send my children to if they needed a prosthetic eye.

For that reason, I pride myself on helping the widest range of patients with an easily approachable manner. Helping those with vision who simply need a cosmetic solution to look better. Also, I help severe trauma cases, like burn victims. Some of my non-surgical tissue expansion techniques are widely used for such trauma.

There’s nothing that gives 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. Above all, I look forward to working with you on the solution that fits you just right.

John Stolpe Ocularist – Los Angeles

About John’s Ocularist Background

John Stolpe was trained as an Ocularist in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

John received his Board Certification credential. He took over his grandfather’s practice in Los Angeles after several years of training. This is where John currently operates today. Furthermore, John upholds his grandfather’s fundamental philosophies of being an Ocularist. He constantly strives to better serve his patients. Constantly perfecting skills and incorporating the latest proven techniques in the field of being an Ocularist.

He is extremely proud to be the only ocularist who has ever passed his certification boards by using digital iris technology. 

John collaborated with his father to lead the research and development of digital manufacturing of prosthetic eyes. They have a recently patented, unique and innovative digital color matching and combined manufacturing process.

John Stolpe received a patent on his work in December 2016, U.S. Patent # 9,517,650. He welcomes you to learn about what makes our methods different and better. Rather than claiming ‘proprietary’ technology like competition.

These combined efforts have pushed digital iris technology to what will become the way to make irises for artificial prosthetic eyes in the future.

As a result, the process has brought down the cost of a digitally manufactured eye while enhancing detail, quality, and efficiency. For that reason, digital iris technology is only available in our Los Angeles practice.

John Stolpe – Prosthetic Eyes


John Stolpe’s family’s history of innovation in custom 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. This program was 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. This was an innovation that proved new, efficient materials could replace old glass technology.

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John Stolpe is a Board Certified Ocularist

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. This 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.

Learn more about John Stolpe by visiting the American Society of Ocularists.