Ocularist training in the United Kingdom

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 www.ocularist.org

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

Nottingham Trent University- John Pacey-Lowrie,ocularist.

Nottingham Trent University has an international reputation for innovation in product design, with particular emphasis on medical product development.

As part of this activity, the University’s Design for Health and Wellbeing Research Group has partnered with professional ocularist, John Pacey-Lowrie to provide three courses in ocularistry:

“An introduction to Bespoke Ocularistry”

“Scleral Shell manufacture”

and “Advanced Ocularistry”

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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


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  1. Avatar for Katy Quinn Katy Quinn says:

    Please forward training information for Ocular technicians. Any information on fees, locations & dates appreciated, thank you .

  2. Avatar for Angela Anstey Angela Anstey says:

    Do you have any information on when, where and prices of ocular prosthetic courses in the UK please.
    Many Thanks

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