BIO: John Imm is a Board Certified Ocularist with over 18 years of experience. Originally from the St. Louis-Metro area, he trained to be an ocularist with Bruce Cook, a Board Certified Ocularist in St. Louis.
His home office is located in Pensacola. Mr. Imm provides service throughout the Panhandle of Florida and parts of Alabama. He is available by appointment in Eye Center South’s Dothan location.
Mr. Imm’s office is very service oriented. He makes every effort to make his patients feel comfortable and at ease about the entire process. His goal is to make the prosthesis as undetectable by others as possible. Mr. Imm has expertise for all age ranges.
He is married and has three sons.
Artificial Eyes – An artificial eye is fit when the real eye has been removed.
Only state-of-the-art fitting techniques are used when fitting the prosthesis. A custom tray is sculpted from wax to bring symmetry to the lids. The iris is positioned and primary gaze is determined. An impression of the socket is then taken. This will allow the even distribution of the prosthesis over the implant providing the best movement and comfort.
The prosthesis is painted using small brushes, oils and dry pigment. Multiple layers of paint are applied to accurately duplicate the striations of the Seeing Eye. Silk threads are used to replicate the pattern of blood vessels with that of the Seeing Eye. The sclera (the white of the eye) is also tinted and blended to make the artificial eye undetectable.
The length of time needed for the process of fitting and fabrication varies with each patient. However, the eye can usually be completed in one day.
Scleral Cover Shell – A scleral cover shell is fit over a blind shrunken eye. A scleral shell is fit much the same as an artificial eye although it is much thinner. It is usually well tolerated and comfortable. Due to the presence of the globe behind the shell, it usually has excellent motility. A well fit scleral cover shell can make a blinded eye unnoticeable. If you have a blinded discolored eye, ask your eye doctor if you would be a good candidate for a scleral cover shell.
Cleanings – As the prosthesis is worn, salts and proteins gradually begin to accumulate on the surface. These buildups can cause socket irritation and chronic discharge. Having the prosthesis polished at least once every year will minimize the protein buildup.
Maxillofacial Restoration – A maxillofacial restoration is a prosthesis that replaces a part of the face with artificial materials. An orbital restoration for instance includes the eye, lids, lashes and sometimes brow. Artificial ears, and noses are also made. Most patients who require a maxillofacial restoration have suffered from cancer. The fitting and fabrication process takes several visits. The prosthesis are retained with special effects adhesive or implants placed by the physician.
Custom-made Conformers – Custom conformers are made for several reasons. A few of the reasons may be a poorly fitting stock post-op conformer, to expand the socket or to prepare the patient for a scleral cover shell.