A couple years ago, a friend of mine with the last name of ERICKSON was telling me about a relative of his in California that made artificial eyes. He was describing how he used to take all the eyes out and play them when they were visiting. So strange to have another Erickson making artificial eyes – that I didn’t even know about. This week an article came out featuring Dwayne Erickson on the California Report. Dwayne worked for the veterans hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco making artificial eyes. What a small world!
Here is a little insight into who we are and why we love what we do!
Here is a teaser for a documentary coming out next week on Veteran’s Day. Scotty Smiley is a true hero and inspiration. We have the pleasure and honor of knowing this family and to watch the impact they have on us and many of our patients.
Watch for an update next week on the documentary release…
Check out this news story just released about our office. It was authored by Gabriel Spitzer of KPLU 88.5 NPR radio of Seattle, Washington. Gabriel did a great job of capturing the process and the story of our introduction to the field of ocular prosthetics.
Story will be rebroadcast on May 14, 2015 3 times, during NPR’s Morning Edition at 6:30am and 8:30am, and once more during NPR’s All Things Considered at 5:33pm.
The web story will appear on the web site Quirksee (along with the audio), and will be cross-posted on KPLU.org.
This week we were blessed with a great group of aspiring opticians who wanted to learn more about ocular prosthetics. Instructor Lori Fender has always wanted to come learn about prosthetics and in fact when she was a student, she suggested the idea. Her instructor said no. Now that Lori is the instructor, she said “YES!” and contacted us for a time to visit.
This group of first quarter optician students was very bright, full of excellent questions and so respectful to all the patients they met this week. We talked a lot about the various ways that Opticians can aid us and our patients in getting the very best cosmetic result. We also talked about how wearing glasses can really promote eye health and protection of the remaining eye.
Another fascinating development is cosmetic optics, which is using the lens of the prosthetic side to correct cosmetic deformities in the eyelids. For instance, if the entire eyelid opening was low, a prism could be added to the prescription lens, optically raising the prosthetic eye to match the fellow side.
We love being able to foster cooperation between eye fields to better the experience, cosmetics and health of all of our patients. Thanks again for all the insights and great questions!
Here is a great article written by Marcello Di Cintio of Swerve. Features the work of Shirley Weyland of Calgary and story of Leif Erickson of Vancouver. Check it out!
A delightful young girl we have been honored to get to know was recently featured on KPLU 88.5 Radio in Seattle. Greta is such a sweet girl, listen to how her story intertwined with that of a young adult, Nina when they became roommates at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Story by Gabriel Spitzer KPLU.