The Collaborative Approach
Making prosthetic eyes is a team effort, there are many variables in the process that are needed to coordinate together. The core of this philosophy is that more heads are better than one.
We work with oculoplastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, anaplastologists, contact lens producers, and more. Notably, we collaborate with other Ocularists whom we feel are doing excellent work. We share thoughts on techniques, materials, even the measures we take to make sure our patients are having a psychologically positive experience.
A collaborative approach also includes members of a patient’s family. We take into consideration the stakeholders in our patient’s process — family, children, wife, husband or friends. We believe in creating a positive, fun process of working together which is only possible with an open, caring environment. We don’t use jargon, we don’t intimidate and we don’t talk down.
We believe in humility at Advanced Artificial Eyes and we know that we can always improve. Therefore we strongly feel that an open, collaborative approach will yield better results for our patients than closed competition. Our mission is to work with the best and the brightest, whether that person happens to be another Ocularist, a painter, plastic manufacturer or psychologist. The highest level of success is constantly striving to do our best.
A History of Innovation
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.