Archive for the ‘Patient Stories’ Category

Beeping Easter Eggs for Visually Impaired Kids

Friday, April 14th, 2017

This great story just ran on King 5 this week, featuring one amazing family and a cute boy with a contagious smile. Also a great message about guide dogs. Check it out! ┬áKing 5 Story – Visually Impaired Easter Egg Hunt

Beat Feet Documentary – Scotty Smiley

Thursday, 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.

Watch for an update next week on the documentary release…

Ocularist in Utah – Mr. Richard Caruso

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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

Making Eyes: An Accident Shrouds One Window Then Opens Another

Thursday, 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



Seahawks Suction Cups

Friday, 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!

Seahawks suction cups


Seattle Central College School of Opticianry Visit

Friday, December 12th, 2014

cosmetic optics

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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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.

Ashlyn & Sydney – 2 amazing young ladies with a common tie.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014





Some days we have the opportunity to watch something truly spectacular and healing occur when our patients meet each other. Today was one of those days. The devastation of retinoblastoma has the potential to tear a lot of people apart, today it brought two young ladies together in hope and friendship.

Ashlyn is a sweet 2 year old who came in today to get her first prosthesis. She has been a bit tentative of the whole process of trying on her prosthesis. Coincidentally, (if you believe in coincidence) Sydney a very sweet 16 year old came in to begin the process of a new prosthetic eye. Without any prompting, Sydney introduced herself and showed Ashlyn how easy it was for her to put in and take out her own prosthetic. Ashlyn’s cute little brown eye got so big and her heart grew so brave. She sat right down and did an amazing job of allowing us to install her prosthetic eye. She was so brave and so proud of herself. We are so proud of her and Sydney and their parents who were able to witness this very sweet and hopeful moment in time. Thank you Ashlyn and Sydney for warming all of our hearts today!

Scientists Find Gene Linked to Child Blindness

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Check out this fascinating development! This story was originally published on The Scotsman: 362307018

Scientists find gene linked to child blindness – A team of scientists, including researchers in Edinburgh, have identified genetic changes linked to coloboma, which affects around one in every 5,000 births.

A gene known as YAP1 was found not to be working in some patients, leading to the condition. The researchers hope the findings can lead to better diagnosis as well as treatments which may be able to reverse the problem.

Click here to read the full story…