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.

Meet Los Angeles Ocularist John Stolpe

A graduate of the University of Southern California, I was trained to make artificial eyes in Beverly Hills.

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 fundamental philosophies of ocularistry, and constantly strive to better serve my patients by perfecting skills and incorporating the latest proven techniques in the field of ocularistry.

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

In an extraordinary collaboration with my father, John C. Stolpe, together we’ve led the research and development of digital manufacturing of prosthetic eyes, as well as a recently patented, unique and innovative digital color matching and combined manufacturing process.  I received a patent on my work in December 2016, U.S. Patent # 9,517,650. Rather than claiming ‘proprietary’ technology like my competition we welcome you to learn about what makes our methods different and better.  Our combined efforts have pushed digital iris technology to what, an increasing number of people say, will become the primary way to make irises for artificial eyes in the future.

That process has brought down the cost of a digitally manufactured eye while enhancing detail, quality, and efficiency. It is only available in my Tarzana practice.

We are the industry leader in digital iris technology


While innovation is a top priority for me, being an ocularist is so much more than technique. It’s psychological and physical rehabilitation.  As a father of two I strive to be the person I would send my children to if they ever needed a prosthetic eye.

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 non-surgical tissue expansion techniques are widely used for such trauma.

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.


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.

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