Education and training

Ocularist training in the USA

“American Society of Ocularists” training in ocularistry

This information is provided by the “American Society of Ocularists” on the FAQ of their website

How does a person learn to become an ocularist?

There are no schools that teach ocularistry. A person must learn how to make artificial eyes through an apprenticeship with an approved ocularist (a Board Approved Diplomat Ocularist). The ASO Apprentice Program requires that the apprentice must study all aspects of ocular prosthetics, and spend five years (10,000 hours) in practical training. The apprentice must also successfully complete 750 credits of related study courses offered by the Education Program of the ASO. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the title, Diplomat of the American Society of Ocularists, is awarded. Read more


Ocularist training in the United Kingdom


National Artificial Eye Service

The National Artificial Eye Service is primarily a national NHS Service fitting and manufacturing artificial eyes.

We do not run courses on ocular prosthetics but can provide training in the two categories of artificial eye fitter (Orbital Prosthetist) and manufacturer (Ocular Technician).

Orbital Prosthetists (eye fitters) are involved with all the direct patient contact and the fitting and aftercare of artificial eyes.  Ocular Technicians are trained to manufacture artificial eyes at our central Laboratory at the NAES Headquarters in Blackpool.  This method of working is vital for us to maintain the required quality standards as providers of Medical Devices to the NHS.  The title ‘Orbital Prosthetist’ can only be used by those trained by the NAES. Read more


Ocularist training in the Southern Africa

The OASA has taken in our first enrolment of students for training this past Jan 2019, and are very excited that the programme has finally come to fruition after some 12 years of development.

The Ocularists Association of Southern Africa is the first country in the world to register Ocularistry on the NQF (National Qualification Framework).

We have also set up a process by which students from any country will be welcome/able to visit South Africa for short periods (from 1 month to 6 months) and work under one of the Host Ocularists. 

You will need to follow the guidelines of our visiting student WIL guide. you will need to convey what it is they would like to achieve through their visit, i.e. hands-on training or research. Your visit will culminate in an article/thesis summarising their visit and what you have learned.

Ideally, we would like you to present your study at our annual congress, but that would depend on logistics and if you were in South Africa during our congress.

You will be required to make available a digital copy of any research or study achievements done while here for us to publish on our website for the benefit of other students.

You are welcome to visitor this page  should you be interested in training as an Ocularist.


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  1. Avatar for subrina sultana subrina sultana says:

    I am Doing custom made prosthetics eye since 2009,
    now I want to get “American Society of Ocularists” training in ocularistry.what’s the procedure please infrom me

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