Ocularist

Ocularists are professionals who have both an artistic ability as well as a high level of technical skills. They also have patience and enjoy working with people with physical challenges. Ocularists work with individuals who have lost one or both eyes due to an accident or disease and they are experts in creating making and fitting prostheses which are commonly called “artificial eyes”. Custom-made eyes can be made to look very real if ocularists have the proper training and skills. First ocularists make an impression of the person’s eye socket after which they shape a plastic shell paint the iris and do a final fitting of the prosthesis to make sure it is comfortable. Once the person receives the prosthetic eye the ocularist shows himher how to clean and maintain it and advises the person to return every six months for a check-up. According to the website www.helium.com there are no specific schools for ocularists at the present time. Rather aspiring ocularists must find a practitioner who is willing to train them through an apprenticeship. Although most states do not have any licensing requirements many ocularists choose to become Board Certified Ocularists (BCO) by passing practical and written exams administered by the National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO). In order to obtain certification they can enroll in courses offered by the American Society of Ocularists (ASO) at its annual and mid-year meetings. These courses cover subjects such as how to properly fit the prostheses design techniques updates on various types of materials available the anatomy of the eye how to paint the artificial eye so it looks as realistic as possible and how to teach clients to take care of their prostheses. Ocularists work in private practices in artificial eye laboratories or in specialized optometry offices. According to the website www.jobmonkey.com their annual earnings range from $60000 and $100000.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $80000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $60000
Tasks: Creates ocular prostheses for clients.
Teaches clients how to care for their artificial eyes.
Customizes pieces for the proper fit.
Ensures that the pieces look life-like.
Also Called: Ocular Prostheses Fabricator
Maxillofacial Prosthodontist
Board Certified Ocularist (BCO)
Anaplastologist
Additional Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocularist
http://www.jobmonkey.com/uniquejobs/ocularist.html
http://www.helium.com/items/2003649-what-is-an-ocularist