“LEADERS IN FACIAL PROSTHETICS FOR OVER 70 YEARS”
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.
JOHN STOLPE, B.C.O., B.A.D.O.
Three generations later, I continue my grandfather’s tradition of innovation. A graduate of the University of Southern California, I was trained to make artificial eyes in my family’s Tarzana and Beverly Hills offices. After several years of training and receiving my Board Certification credential, I took over my grandfather’s Tarzana practice, where I currently operate today. I uphold my grandfather’s philosophies of ocularistry, and constantly strive to better serve my patients by perfecting skills and incorporating the latest proven techniques. I am extremely proud to be the only ocularist who has ever passed his certification boards by using digital iris technology.
I’ve led the research and development of digital manufacturing of prosthetic eyes, as well as a recently patented, digital color matching and combined manufacturing process. That process has brought down the cost of a digitally manufactured eye while enhancing detail, quality, and efficiency. While I supply base irises worldwide, custom digital irises are only available in my Tarzana practice.
WHAT DRIVES ME AS A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
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. (Some of my techniques are widely used for such trauma. Make link to presentation.)
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.
WHY B.C.O.? Why B.A.D.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.
The B.A.D.O. credential represents my diploma from the American Society of Ocularists. This shows that I have successfully completed a 5 year education course with competency testing in ocularistry.