Irises Unlimited Intro Video Transcript
Hi, my name is John Stolpe and I am a Board Certified Ocularist. I’m the owner of Advanced Artificial Eyes as well as Irises Unlimited. In my companies, we are leading the digital revolution in ocularistry.
One product I’ve created that I’m beginning to share with the world is my digital iris starter kit. Whether you own it already or considering buying it, I’m trying to give you some information today to use this in your practice and make a difference in it.
WHAT IS THE BOARD?
This is the iris board that we’ve created to represent the largest number of people and patients available. This is here to try to make your job simpler. These irises, in my practice, I’m able to use on about 25% to a third of my patients. I’m able to pull an iris straight off this board, put it into their prosthesis with no adjustments necessary. We call it a pull and plug process, where we pick the iris and it goes straight into the prosthesis. This saves a lot of time for an ocularist because you don’t need to worry about repainting an image if an iris doesn’t come out fine. This allows you to focus on getting the fit perfect and if you need to redo an iris, it’s as simple as ordering a new one, pulling it off the board, and off you go.
This is a big simplification of the artistic side of making eyes and it really allows ocularists to focus on the details of alignment, gaze, fit, and all the other aspects of making the most natural prosthesis.
THE BOARD NUMBERING SYSTEM
What this board is aside from a wide range of colors, is it’s also organized numerically. And each image on this board has a unique number as well as a unique secondary number that refers to the lightness and darkness of each image. One image can have an unlimited amount of sub-images represented by that lightness darkness number. For example, in this top image we have image 4196 -4. -4 is what represents 4 units of darkness. You can also go to a –L4, which would be 8 units lighter than this -4. By changing the secondary number of the lightness darkness, we are able to allow your practice to have a much larger potential than this board represents. You can order any unique image that you want from this board, and that’s a subject, how to create a custom image, that I’ll get into in a later video.
HOW TO USE THE BOARD IN YOUR PRACTICE?
In an ocularist’s practice, the way I use it, when I first have a patient come into my practice, I will take the board and generally hold it next to the patient and slide it up and down so we can look and see what best represents the patient. Often, I’ll incorporate the patient and their family into this and ask them, is there a particular image that you think is an exact match. If it’s not exact, we’re gonna work on it and fix it, but in about 1/3 of my cases, I’m able to pull straight off this board and off we go.
For example, if you were to look at this board for my eye, I would run it up and down, flip it over so you can see the other images closer to the eye, and what I’ve found is that the image represented by number B4101 – 4 is the closest to my iris. I’ll let you take a look at it.
Once you have this, you’re ready to go and all you really need is the fit and the alignment to begin the prosthesis for the patient. This is a great simplification on top of having to paint something each time for a patient, in worst case scenario that you have to redo the fit or the alignment for a case. For us, it’s as simple as just pulling right off the board and you can do it.
Another thing that many of my customers are saying is that it’s helpful to have a second board in the office. So in the circumstance where you pick one, and then your next patient happens to need the same image, you have a second one ready to go. Furthermore, it’s also extremely useful on bilaterals where you need to make 2 eyes for a patient.
Once you’ve used an image, we’ve created an order firm where you can simply mark in the empty box how many you want to reorder of each image. This is going to save you time of writing down each number, keeping track of all that. We try to keep this simple, where the biggest variable is how soon you want us to ship it to you – overnight or first class mail.
With these tools, I really believe we are going to change the field of ocularistry and simplify the process of making an artificial eye, where ocularists can really focus on creating the perfect fit for each patient, and not have to worry that their artwork is going to need to be redone if one thing is off slightly one way or another. By using this system, I’m very excited to see how we’re going to change the field and start bringing high quality prosthetics to each patient, whether you come to my office to get it or you go to another ocularist for a digital prosthesis. I’m confident that this is going to simplify the process of getting an eye simpler, and the quality higher when we’re all done.