Hundreds of people make the winding trek into the mountains 20 miles above Salem to New Castle, a village of 180 souls, in search of Richmond expatriate Langdon “Red” Henderlite. They are sent by physicians at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, the Wills Eye Clinic in Philadelphia, the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville or by more than 150 other ophthalmologists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Henderlite is an ocularist, a maker of artificial eyes, and he learned his trade during a 27-year career with Galeski Optical Co.
Southeastern Ocularists, Inc. has made thousands of artificial eyes for patients all over the world for over 50 years. Southeastern Ocularists, Inc. is a private practice dedicated to delivering the highest quality, custom fit ocular prosthetics possible. We use the modified impression method along with hand-painted craftsmanship and modern technology to deliver an artificial eye superior in natural appearance and performance.