Your New Normal

Welcome to the world of Ocular Prosthetics

We can’t bring your human eye back but we will do our best to replicate your existing eye and restore some of that confidence you may have lost.

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Our Story

John Pacey-Lowrie Limited was founded by John Lowrie and Karen Pacey in 2007 after many years of working in both the public and private sectors of the artificial eye industry.

At the age of 16, John worked and trained as a dental technician with the National Artificial Eye Service. After this, he and Karen opened their own private artificial eye clinic in Nottingham in the hope that they could offer a quicker and more personal service than the alternative. 

They certainly achieved this as 15 years later we are still offering a 3-day service and do our very best to make all of our patients feel comfortable and informed about the processes taking place.

 

At the end of 2015, Sean Sohn joined the JPL team and trained with John in order to continue John’s work after his eventual retirement. After many years of training, Sean now treats the majority of our patients and is a very skilled and talented Ocularist.

In 2019, Glass Eye maker Valdis Valters of

Valters' Prosthetic Eye Laboratory became the owner of John Pacey-Lowrie Limited. With this, we are now able to offer our world-renowned PMMA prosthetic eyes as well as beautiful Cryolite Glass Eyes.

We are also excited to introduce you all to a fantastic new addition to our team, Lorna Rynne.

Lorna trained under John Pacey-Lowrie in 2013 after moving to England from New Zealand. In 2014, she accepted a position at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and continued working at the esteemed hospital for 8 years. During this time Lorna treated both adult and paediatric patients, many with complex fitting and emotional needs. 

Lorna is thrilled to be returning to her roots and continuing her work alongside John, Sean, Valdis and the rest of the team here at John Pacey-Lowrie Limited in 2022. 

Sean Sohn, Ocularist

Sean Sohn

Senior Ocularist

Lorna Rynne, John Pacey-Lowrie Ltd. London

Lorna Rynne

Ocularist

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Laura Butkevica

Admin, Office Manager

John Pacey-Lowrie, Ocuarist

John Pacey-Lowrie

Founder,

Consultant Ocularist

Valdis Valters, John Pacey-Lowrie Ltd.

Valdis Valters

Owner, Ocularist

 

Words to familiarise yourself with.

OCULARIST

A specialist in the art of fitting, painting and manufacturing 

custom ocular prosthesis (prosthetic eyes). Ocularists are not licensed to diagnose or treat any type of eye disease. 

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

An ophthalmologist is a specialised medical doctor who has received special training in all aspects of eye care, including prevention, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions and diseases. Your ophthalmologist is the only eye care professional licensed to perform eye surgery. This includes medically necessary surgery such as corneal transplants to cosmetic surgery such as eyelid procedures. If you are in need of any type of eye surgery, an ophthalmologist should be your first and only choice.

OPTOMETRIST

An optometrist, like an ophthalmologist, has received special training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. The biggest difference between the two is that doctors of optometry are not licensed to perform any type of surgical treatment. They are in the most general sense your primary “eye doctor” with the ability to prescribe medication, glasses, and contacts. In the event that your condition requires more specialised diagnosis and treatment, they will refer you to an ophthalmologist.

SCLERA

The sclera is the white of the eye. When our ocularists talk about 

‘sclera colour’ they are referring to the colour of the white of the eye - there could be a red-ish or yellow tint/stain visible. 

The process of painting this colour onto the prosthesis is referred to as ‘Veining and Staining’ due to the fact that the threads that make the veins of the eye are applied to the prosthesis at the same time the staining of the sclera occurs.

IRIS

The human iris is the coloured area surrounded by the white sclera. In the centre of the iris is the pupil (the circular black spot).

COLLARETTE

The collarette is the middle portion of the iris located around the pupil.

LIMBUS

The limbus is the dark circle that sits at the edge of the cornea/iris.

CORNEA

The cornea is the clear outer layer at the front of the eye. The cornea helps the human eye to focus light.

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How to clean your prosthesis

PLEASE READ: We will always recommend that you have your prosthetic eye cleaned by a professional Ocularist. However, this isn’t always possible and sometimes the need to clean your prosthesis can be quite urgent!

If you feel the need to remove the prosthesis because it’s become uncomfortable our general guidelines are as follows:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly,

  2. Use a bowl or container that you can safely clean the prosthesis in,

  3. Use a small amount of washing up liquid with some warm water and gently clean the prosthesis with your hands,

  4. When finished, thoroughly rinse the prosthesis under lukewarm running water to ensure all of the washing-up liquid has been removed,

  5. Now, dry with a microfibre cloth/towel, making sure to leave no particles on the prosthesis,

  6. When you’re happy that the prosthesis is clean and dry you may insert it back into the eye socket.

Likewise, you can purchase a hard contact lens solution which will clean the eye and add some light lubrication. Always follow the instructions and be sure to read the health and safety notice they provide with the solution.