What is an Ocularist?

Learn about the Ocularist field

ocularistWhat is an Ocularist? An Ocularist is a medical professional who makes artificial eyes. There are many important skills and services that an ocularist should offer. This is necessary in order to make the absolute best eye piece possible. John Stolpe is an Ocularist that draws on 3 generations of Ocularistry. In addition, his practice continues to innovate in the field of prosthetic eyes. He offers a dedication to care that is second to none.

In the past a prosthetic eye was made only of glass. John Stolpe’s grandfather worked as an Ocularist. He was key in evolving the field away from glass to modern day acrylic. Most importantly, discovering that acrylic is a far superior material. Firstly, unlike glass, acrylic cannot shatter. Secondly, acrylic can be shaped and custom fit much more easily than a glass eye. And finally, acrylic can be fit with digital irises.

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Modern Day Technology of an Ocularist

Ocularist John Stolpe is pioneering the manufacture of digital irises. He is able to reproduce with an extremely high degree of precision. To clarify, this is done by using the highest quality modern day digital technology. Taking out the effort involved in painting an iris lets us focus on the fit and movement. On the other hand, most Ocularists still paint irises by hand. We believe the future of Ocularistry will be more about movement than color. Meanwhile, possibly incorporating CGI and robotics.

Some Artificial Eyes are round spheres that sit in empty sockets. To clarify, many are actually “shells” that sit upon existing eyes. These are either damaged or don’t look great. Your Ocularist will recommend a care regimen that is suited specifically to you. In most cases, our pieces only need to be removed and cleaned a few times per year.

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Ocularist delivering the Best Artificial Eyes

Your ocularist may recommend elective Oculoplastic surgery in order to achieve the best possible fit and appearance. This is either before or after your fitting. Further, it is important to select an Ocularist with relationships with surgeons. An Ocularist has a wide range of knowledge in the function of the eye. The process of fitting a piece is a delicate one requiring regular communication between eye professionals.

Ocularist John Stolpe prides himself on delivering the best possible artificial eyes. We work with patients to instruct them on the ins and outs of Ocularistry. Our office works with insurance and are committed to achieving the best possible solution. We are located in Los Angeles, with access to some of the world’s top eye specialists. Patients come visit us from all over the world. We invite you to set up a consultation to learn how we can help you live the most normal life possible.

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