Frequently Asked Questions:
is a qualified Ocularist?
individual skilled in the arts of fabricating, fitting, shaping
and painting ocular prostheses. In addition to creating
your prosthesis, the ocularist will show you how to handle
and care for it. He will also see to its long-term
care through periodic examinations.
there classified levels in Ocularistry?
can fit a stock or custom made artificial eye and call themselves
an ocularist. It is, therefore, advisable to first
check their ASO and NEBO credentials, although several states
do have licensure:
Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist
the ASO Apprentice or Associate
requirements and received their diploma
Board Certified Ocularist
by the National Examining Board of
Membership in the American Society of Ocularists also includes:
Associate member enrolled in the ASO
Diplomate who has completed Apprentice
or Associate requirements and graduated from the ASO education
Affiliate is an ASO member not principally engaged as
an ocularist (optician, optometrist, ophthalmologist).
is the Ocularist Apprenticeship Program?
ocularist apprentice must study all aspects of ocular prosthetics
and spend five years (10,000 hours) in practical training.
He 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,
Diplomate of the American Society of Ocularists, is awarded.
In addition to apprentice members and diplomate members,
the ASO also includes medical affiliate members. These are
supporting ophthalmologists who act as consultants.
Today, the ASO has a sizable membership in this country as
well as a number of foreign countries.