I'll be meeting him in Southern California next week and will give my input. I have spoken to him on the phone but haven't met him as yet, my mother has met him and though him to be a really great guy.
I am only having a consult because I live in California and need someone on the west coast in case of immediate needs that could present. We'll see, maybe I'll like him enough to go to NY.
Seems like he has lots of years in this business and is very knowledgeable. He also provides other ocularists with many tools for eye making. After several conversations with him, I feel great confidence in his skill.
We have heard of, but have not used James Strauss yet. I say yet as my soon to be (tom. 1/20) 9 year old son had his right eye enucleated 2 weeks ago today and is scheduled to see Mr. Strauss in Rochester on 2/20 & 21. Mr. Strauss is highly thought of by our surgeons, as well as (and more importantly) by families we've contacted who have gone through this process. I'd love to hear from others who have used James Strauss as their Ocularist. Thank you.