– My name is Lindsay Pronk
and I am an Ocularist. (upbeat music) The ocular prosthetic
service is for people that have had their eye removed, either from disease, or trauma,
or congenital birth defects. And no two people are the same. I see a little bit of everyone. – I actually get to know
Lindsay’s nose pretty well. (Lindsay laughs) All done? – [Lindsay] All day. – All day. – I am Deb Floyd, and I am the proud owner
of a prosthetic eye. I originally came to be here, as a result of an injury I received while I lived in Michigan. I was shopping in a store,
and was essentially mugged, at that time, I was hit
from behind, in the face, and incurred traumatic retinal detachment. At the time of my surgery for
the removal of my right eye, I had been blind in that eye
already for about 20 years. After the healing period,
and I had my prosthetic, I can’t even imagine not doing it. – [Lindsay] It takes two days
to make a prosthetic eye. So I begin my process by taking an impression of the eye socket, and what that impression shows me, is the shape and the contour
of the inside of the socket. I spend a lot of time ensuring
that the eye’s fitting, so that it doesn’t cause
any trouble, any irritation. Most of the time is really
spent on the painting, I will paint anywhere from
two to six hours on an eye. I use red cotton embroidery threads to mimic the vein
structures on the patient, matching their seeing eye. And then also it’s all hand-painted. I will adjust the iris
shape, iris size, iris color, and ensure that I get as close to a natural and realistic
look as possible. – I think this was one of
the best decisions I made. I would recommend it highly. And I could highly recommend Lindsay too. – [Lindsay] Eye loss is
so difficult for everyone, no matter if they lose
their eye from trauma, from a disease, if it’s something that
they’ve been working towards, or if it’s something that’s
just immediate, it’s hard, because it’s not just the loss
of their depth perception, it’s a loss of self-esteem,
and self-confidence. And the best part of my job, is helping these people
to get back to life, so that it’s not something
that they think about. That they can just go out to the store, out with friends, out to dinner, and just carry on with life as normal, without even thinking about
having a prosthetic eye. I had one patient that
told me that it felt like I put him back together, that
he was back in one piece, because it feels like he
was missing a part of him. (upbeat music)