California Erickson Ocularist

November 1st, 2016

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!

Oh, how the years go by!

August 15th, 2016

Here is a great shot of our patient and
his granddaughter in our office, 17 years apart.
What a beautiful story of family love!Pavel and Granddaughter

The mother and son behind Erickson Labs Northwest

May 16th, 2016

Here is a little insight into who we are and why we love what we do!

The mother and son behind Erickson Labs Northwest
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Beat Feet Documentary – Scotty Smiley

November 5th, 2015

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.

www.scottysmiley.com

Watch for an update next week on the documentary release…

Ocularist in Utah – Mr. Richard Caruso

June 4th, 2015

Here is a really neat story on a colleague of ours in Utah. Great guy, great story! Rich Caruso

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=34867874

Making Eyes: An Accident Shrouds One Window Then Opens Another

May 14th, 2015

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.

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Seahawks Suction Cups

January 16th, 2015

My daughter Ashlyn came up with a great idea, Seahawks suction cups. Rachel now has us setup with 12 boxes in each patient room, ready to cheer on our Seahawks to the Super Bowl! Thanks for the great idea Ashlyn!

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Seattle Central College School of Opticianry Visit

December 12th, 2014

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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!

Optical Illusionists: Vancouver and Calgary Ocularists

September 3rd, 2014

artificial eye photoHere 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!

How One Woman Learned to Face Cancer From Her 3-Year-Old Hospital Roommate

May 30th, 2014

DSCN2759A 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.