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Marquette player’s eyeball popped out

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

It’s April 1st, but there is still some March Madness going on!

This is a repost of a story orignially run by Mike Foss of USA TODAY Sports.


ZhtpJrPChris Otule is a big piece of Marquette’s run to the Elite Eight.

haqAJeIHe also has only one eye; he popped out the artificial one for CBS’ Jeff Goodman after Thursday’s 71-61 defeat of Miami (Fla).

“I guess you could call it glaucoma,” Otule told said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I was born with one eye, actually, and the other one wasn’t fully developed. So I had to get an artificial (left) eye, since I was one or two. And every time I grew out of it, I had to go back to the doctor and they’d make a new one.

“I’ve always had one eye,” Otule said. “It didn’t happen in the middle of my life; I’ve had it since birth. If I hadn’t had it since birth, it would probably be difficult to adjust to. But I’ve always been used to it, since I’ve had it since birth.”

A redshirt senior, Otule has come a long way in his time with the Golden Eagles. He told CBS of the first impression he made on coach Buzz Williams in high school.

“He told me I sucked,” Otule said. “But he said that I would improve at Marquette. That’s how he earned my trust. He was brutally honest.”

Did Williams remember the interaction differently?

“He did suck,” Williams added. “He was a bad player, but we really need a big guy.”

Williams knew of Otule’s ineptitude on the court, but he didn’t know he was blind until the team doctor Ernest Eugene evaluated Otule the summer before his freshman year.

“Coach, you have a few minutes?” Eugene said. “Did you know Chris was blind?”

“What the hell are you talking about?” Williams responded.

That’s when Eugene told Williams about Otule’s glass eye.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Williams said.

Well, now we are all believers.

Silicone VPS Impression Material

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Happy New Year!

We wanted to post an update on one of the changes we made to our process in the last year. Last summer, we started to use a new impression material called Vinyl Polysiloxane (VPS for short). This has been used in dentistry and other fields for years. We found a brand that we really like, that is very hydrophilic, has great flow and is allowing us to get amazingly accurate impressions!

Artificial Eye ImpressionWe are so excited about this change as the impression has been one of the more uncomfortable stages in our fitting. Patients who have previously experienced discomfort or irritation with the alginate molding material report that this new impression is MUCH more comfortable! The VPS material does not pull moisture from the surrounding tissue, which makes it much more comfortable and also leaves the socket in perfect condition for fitting.

As beneficial as this material is to the patient experience, it is just as beneficial to our ocularist experience and prosthetic fitting. This material allows us to make improvements to our fitting. The material is very versatile and strong, so we do not lose the shape over time and in our casting. Multiple impressions are also possible, providing us with more flexibility and creativity in fitting. One of the most exciting changes of this material is the ability to store the impression for future use and reference. We store the impressions in a cabinet in labeled trays.

Impression Storage

The VPS material itself is a great improvement over alginate:

  • Improved Patient Comfort
  • Does not promote swelling
  • Hydroactive – does not pull moisture from patient tissue
  • Strong, thin material
  • Can be stored indefinitely
  • Ability to reference impression at future visits
  • Very easy to use and mix
  • We look forward to continuing to use this material and improving patient comfort and the quality of our ocular prosthetics. Hope your year is off to a great start!

    Free Wife Eye

    Friday, December 7th, 2012

    A patient brought this in this week…

    Free Wife Eye
    (For a largerized version of this cartoon, click on any eye patch.)

    Lauren Scruggs Reveals New Prosthetic Eye and Arm

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

    Lauren Scruggs is a model who was injured when she walked into a propeller after disembarking an airplane. She was gravely injured, losing her eye and part of her arm. She did several interviews earlier this month. Her outlook and perspective on this loss is quite remarkable, thanks Lauren for sharing your struggle and the source of your strength! Check out one of the 3 news reports below.

    Today News

    abc News

    People Magazine

    Huge Eyeball Washes up on Florida Beach

    Friday, October 12th, 2012

    Giant Eyeball from Squid?This one caught my eye! A softball sized eyeball from some kind of marine animal washed up on a florida beach.

    “MIAMI (AP) – It’s not that body parts never wash ashore on Florida beaches. But usually it’s not an eye the size of a softball.

    State wildlife officials are trying to determine the species of a blue eyeball found by a man Wednesday at Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale.

    They put the eyeball on ice so it can be analyzed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

    Agency spokeswoman Carli Segelson says the eyeball likely came from a marine animal, since it was found on a beach. Possible candidates include a giant squid, a whale or some type of large fish.”

    Check out the full article here on the Komo 4 news site.

    Glass Eye in a Glass Prank

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

    Glass Eye PrankNot sure why I am posting this one, but it did make me laugh!

    This is a video on YouTube about a woman who is putting a spherical glass eye into a drinking glass that someone else is holding, asking them to clean it for her.

    UW Study: Effects of blindness on ability to process tactile and auditory processing

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

    Dr. Ione Fine at the University of Washington is looking for subjects for a study that examines the effects of blindness on the ability to process tactile and auditory processing. It is thought that because visual loss increases the need to rely on other senses, the ability of blind people to process auditory and tactile information may be enhanced. We are examining how this happens in the brain. If you choose to participate you will be asked to participate in MR experiments.

    We will ask you to lie in an MR scanner while you make simple judgments about tactile and/or auditory stimuli. You may be asked to participate in as many as five MR imaging sessions (each session lasts up to 2 hours, and each session will be carried out on a different day). Participants will be paid $45/hour for imaging sessions. Subjects will also be fully compensated for travel time and door to door transportation will be provided.

    Subjects participating in the MR experiments must have no metal objects in or on the body during the scan.

    Currently we are only recruiting subjects who became blind (using the definition of having visual acuity of light perception or worse) before the age of three.

    Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Dr. Ione Fine at the phone number or email address below.

    Eligibility: To participate you must be 18 years of age or older, should be blind due to damage to the eyes or optic nerve (not cortical impairment), should have no history of claustrophobia, and no metal objects in or on the body during the scan.

    Contact Information: 206-685-6157

    What is the expected financial compensation?
    Because we compensate for travel time and time spent explaining the experiment, payment for a MR session is generally between $120-$200.

    How do you deal with transport?
    We use a door-to-door car service for transportation.

    Bionic Eye in the Future?

    Thursday, May 24th, 2012

    Patients often ask what technology is being developed to create an bionic eye to recreate vision. There have been some successes in directly connecting to the neurons in the brain that provide vision, in the occipital lobe. Check out this article that is a study being done in Australia that may shed some light on this topic! Bionic Eye

    A link to the actual study and description of how they hope to connect to the brain is here, Monash Vision Bionic Eye.

    Another study being done with Retinitis Pigmentosa patients in the UK has had some promising results with electronic microchips. Read the story on the UK Telegraph.

    Montana Girl’s Cancer Battle Provides Inspiration

    Friday, May 4th, 2012

    Brynn PuleCheck out this story on KTVQ in Billings, Montana about Brynn Pule – certainly one of the cutest little ladies we know! What a delight that this family can share their struggles to encourage others. Thanks Brynn!

    If you have a story that you would like to share, contact us and we would be happy to post it here.


    Think about your eyes before you blast off into space!

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

    Astronaut Eyeballs Get SquishedDoctors have examined the eyes of 27 astronauts to determine if there are any effects of pressure on the eyes due to weightlessness and the effects of the forces necessary to exit and reenter the atmosphere. Read the full article in the New York Times.

    For now, they are not too concerned about it, but as longer periods of space travel and missions beyond low-Earth orbit are on the horizon, this could be a significant issue.

    Just another thing to think about before you book your next flight with Virgin Galactic.