About John Stolpe
About Los Angeles Ocularist John Stolpe
WHAT DRIVES ME AS AN OCULARIST
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
If you have a prosthetic eye and suffer from:
Droopy Upper Lids
Eye socket secretions (mucus)
Droopy lower lids
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
WHAT IS 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
REALISTIC COLOR AND LOOK
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)
- Lack sound aesthetics
- Can cause discomfort
- Constant excess mucus secretion
- and eyelashes turning in
Is Digital Iris Technology Better Than Hand Painted?
SELECTING THE RIGHT OCULARIST
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
CAN I ONLY WEAR A PROSTHESIS IF I’VE LOST MY EYE?
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.)
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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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