About John Stolpe

About Los Angeles Ocularist John Stolpe


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.

Cutting Edge Ocularistry

With a Focus On Patient Well Being John Stolpe is a graduate of University of Southern California (USC) and was trained to make artificial eyes in Beverly Hills His grandfather pioneered the modern artificial eye during WWII and after several years of training and receiving his Board Certification credentials, John took over his grandfather’s Tarzana practice where he currently operates today. John upholds his grandfather’s fundamental philosophies of ocularistry, and constantly strives to better serve patients by perfecting skills and incorporating the latest proven techniques in the field of ocularistry.

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

Real Patient Testimonials

Since I’ve been wearing this prosthetic eye, I don’t have to worry about what people think because they can’t tell which one it is

– J. J.

See What Patients Have to Say

John Stolpe is dependable, responsible, professional and he’s a human being. I appreciate his constant search for more knowledge to expand his understanding of the field. Beyond that he treats people like individuals. So many doctors just want you in the office and out. John is concerned with doing the very best job, beyond what I would have even understood was necessary.

Ditte Wolff

I lived with a damaged blind eye for many years and got used to people being reluctant to accept me when I first met them. After John made a new piece for me, I immediately saw how people’s first impressions changed, and how it has given me an opportunity to relate to people before being judged just for my appearance.


You truly make a difference in people’s lives with your dedication, patience and understanding. I recognize you put in a lot of extra time for me and I could not be happier with the result. Everyone I see uses “perfect” to describe what you have done for me.


My teacher asked everyone in class to write a story about someone who is their hero . . .and I wrote a story about you because you’re my hero for fixing my eye.


5th Grade

I am truly amazed by the sophisticated technology you have brought together to make my replacement eye — and with all the detail and perfectly matching color that goes completely un-noticed. I have been able to resume my life and career virtually as though nothing happened.


John made me an eye that looks exactly like my natural eye. He takes the time and effort to exact the fit, the gaze, the size, the color. He won’t quit until everything is perfect. I was totally included in every step to make sure we were both not only happy, but thrilled about the piece. I feel privileged to wear a John Stolpe eye.


I like my new eyes so well . . . I want to give one to my Sister and my Dad.


1st Grade

After losing my eye to disease, I honestly thought I would never be able to look straight at anybody ever again. But with the perfectly normal appearance of the new eye you made for me I never even give it a second thought because nobody ever notices.


If you have a prosthetic eye and suffer from:


Droopy Upper Lids



Eye socket secretions (mucus)



Droopy lower lids



Bulging eyes



A prosthesis that doesn’t match your seeing eye



Irritation, itchiness or headaches






General unhappy appearance with your piece


You can have the benefits of a custom prosthetic eye


A custom prosthetic is an impression fit shape that roughly takes the shape of a convex shell which fills the missing volume of an eye socket to maintain lid symmetry and match the coloration of the patients companion eye.  A custom eye helps people who have suffered eye trauma or eye loss look and feel natural.


Benefits Of A Custom Prosthetic Eye


John Stolpe, founder of Advanced Artificial Eyes, has pioneered the field of digital irises and innovative digital color matching, currently holding a patent for his work. This process has not only brought down the cost of digitally manufactured eyes but has enhanced detail, quality and efficiency. Patients who have worn hand painted eyes for years try digital eyes and are amazed at the difference in quality

The long-term effects of a poorly fitted piece can lead to

  • Severe Facial Deformity
  • Contraction Of The Socket
  • and Other, Often Painful, Long-term Complications.

A properly fitted, custom prosthetic eye is important both for the comfort of day-to-day living and sound aesthetics (your piece is color matched to your sighted eye) but for the patient’s self confidence.

Long Term Dangers of a Poorly Fitted Piece (Prosthetic Eye)

Poorly fitted or “stock” prosthetic eyes might be considered by some to be a good short term solution. However not only do they:

  • Lack sound aesthetics
  • Can cause discomfort
  • Constant excess mucus secretion
  • and eyelashes turning in

Is Digital Iris Technology Better Than Hand Painted?


How Do I Know If I’m Being Fitted With A Stock Eye?

Stock eyes are generally generic shapes, such as an oval with no uniqueness that corresponds to the patient’s socket. Often it’s too big in one area of the prosthesis, it pins the eye open and prevents proper lid function not allowing for proper, regular cleaning of the eye.

What is a Board Certified Ocularist (B.C.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 Next Generation of Prosthetic Eyes

Frequently Asked Questions


While many people believe that prosthetic eyes are only for folks missing an eye, in fact this is not the case. Ocular health can actually be better maintained when an eye remains in its socket. Out of the millions of eye injuries that occur every year, many people keep their eye intact. Though it may lose vision or appear unsightly, eyes can (and should) remain healthy organs within an individual’s anatomy. When it comes time to fit a person with a prosthetic eye, much more natural movement and look can be achieved when fitting the piece over an existing eye. It is very important to understand this, as patients can sometimes be led by ophthalmologists or ocular surgeons to remove an eye that could otherwise be saved. (This is because removing an eye is often the cheapest, easiest treatment. It may not, however, be best for the long-term quality of life of the patient.)

 Enucleation Surgery

If you’re considering Enucleation Surgery (surgery to remove your globe or eyeball) we’ve created an educational guide specifically for you:

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About Advanced Artificial Eyes

John and his team continue to uphold his grandfather’s fundamental philosophies of ocularistry, and constantly strive to better serve patients by perfecting skills and incorporating the latest proven techniques in the field of ocularistry.

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