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THE ORIGINAL

Close-up of an ocularist’s eye:

Alfred Greiner, born in 1923,

is a manufacturer of artificial

eyes. Even Greiner’s father and

grandfather have practised this

rare profession, so does his son.

The 40 or so German ocularists

are organized in the German

Ocularistic Society.

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OCULARIST’S WORKBENCH

at Alfred Greiner’s ‘Institute

for Artificial Eyes’ in Munich

harbours very few essentials:

a propane gas burner (top

center), countless glass sticks

of varying colours, some

unfinished glass eyes, and

various tools including special

pairs of tongs and two crucibles

for cooling the finished eyes.

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RAW MATERIAL

Cryolith glass tubes from

traditional glassworks in

Thuringia are the basic

material an artificial eye

is made of. They come in

various hues of white, so

the ocularist can choose

one to match a patient’s

healthy eye.

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STORAGE

In the basement of his institute

ocularist Alfred Greiner keeps

his stock of raw materials for

making artificial eyes. Cryolith

glass tubes come in various

hues of white from which Greiner

selects one to match a patient’s

healthy eye. The materials he

uses come from traditional

glassworks in Thuringia.

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DETACHING THE BULB

The first step of making an

artificial eye: with his

propane gas burner Alfred

Greiner heats a glass tube

and detaches a section of it

which will become the body

of the glass eye.

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IRIS PATTERN

For simulating the iris pattern

of the eye prosthesis the

ocularist uses glass sticks of

various colours and structures

which he has fashioned from

monochrome glass sticks.

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CORNEA

Alfred Greiner has ‘painted’ the

iris pattern and the pupil with

glass sticks of various colours.

Now he applies a drop of clear

glass to imitate the frontal eye

chamber with the cornea.

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SHAPING THE BULB

With a pointed flame from his

propane gas burner, ocularist

Alfred Greiner shapes a

glass eye’s individual fit.

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SAMPLE CASE

Assorted glass eyes made by

ocularist Alfred Greiner and his

father Arnold are used as models

to determine the individual

shape a glass eye must have to

match a patient’s eye hollow.

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MEASURING

Alfred Greiner uses an old

glass eye which matches

the eye hollow of the patient

as a model to help him shape

the desired individual fit

of an artificial eye. With a

pair of dividers he transfers

measurements from one to

the other.

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HEATING

In order to avoid thermic

stress and prevent a

finished glass eye from

breaking, the ocularist has

to heat it evenly in the

flame of his propane gas

burner prior to cooling.

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COOLING

Using a pair of special tongs,

Alfred Greiner carefully

places the finished glass eye

in a pre-heated crucible

where it will cool slowly and

evenly to prevent breakage

from thermic stress.

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PLUG AND PLAY

Since Manfred Kerber lost his

left eye while playing ‘cowboy

and indian’ at the age of 14,

he has his artificial eyes made

by ocularist Alfred Greiner.

An eye prosthesis lasts roughly

five years.

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PERFECT MATCH

The new artificial eye of

Greiner’s Austrian patient

Manfred Kerber can hardly

be told from his healthy one.

In this picture its pupil

appears slightly larger.

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GOOD WORK

Ocularist Alfred Greiner has

his patient Manfred Kerber

look in the mirror to check out

the fit of his new custom-made

eye prosthesis.

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EYE PROSTHESIS

Close-up of a glass eye made by

Alfred Greiner’s father Arnold.

So-called ‘reform eyes’ are

shaped like a double-walled bowl

and are made of glass entirely.

Artificial eyes made of plastic

are hydrophobic and therefore

cause irritation occasionally.

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thats fucking rad. I wonder how many people are left in the world doing this?

 

that being said, despite the fact that this patient, well intentioned craftsman is doing great work, he still looks like an evil nazi doctor. I want to ask him where his room full of gold fillings stolen from jews is...

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the designs in the iris look so realistic - fucking dope

 

not what i was expecting when i came into this thread, thought it was gonna be a list of jobs kids should aspire to, my son is half german, im gona convince him to do this just for the pranks that could be pulled

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shit, I just remembered something. when I was little there was this issue of print magazine lying around my house that had a cover featuring a giant wooden box used to hold letters for an old fashioned printing press, only it was full of glass eyes. used to creep the fuck out of me as a kid.

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thats fucking rad. I wonder how many people are left in the world doing this?

 

that being said, despite the fact that this patient, well intentioned craftsman is doing great work, he still looks like an evil nazi doctor. I want to ask him where his room full of gold fillings stolen from jews is...

 

I'd imagine he keeps those in the drawer above the glass rods.

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