History of Jahrling Ocular Prosthetics, Inc.
JAHRLING FAMILY: First Generation (Plastic Eye) Ocularist
The elder 'Jahrling' (Raymond)
who is semi retired, majored in a 4-year Commercial Art and
Mechanical Drawing in a technical trade school which included
weekend courses at the Chicago Museum of Fine Arts.
After graduation, and military service in WWII, he completed
3½ years of a 5-year college course in Industrial
Engineering & Design. At this time he took a sabbatical
to gain practical use and knowledge of plastics. A
sabbatical that would turn into a career!
Unbeknownst, this background in art, physics and chemistry,
made him amply qualified to begin training in both fabrication
and fitting of plastic ocular prostheses. (Note: This
was during the 'transitional era' when the eye making profession
was converting from the 'glass eye' to the 'plastic ocular
prosthesis.') Mager & Gougelmann, Inc. was his employer
in Chicago (1949). Because of this background, the
apprenticeship progressed quickly to managing M&G's Boston
In early 1953, a position was offered and accepted to work
at the Massachusetts
Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston as a research assistant
in plastic techniques in ophthalmology. The director
of this project was Dr. Wm. Stone, Jr., who was one of the
seven ophthalmologists present in September 1957 for the
establishment of what is now the American
Society of Ocularists. The eye research program
- Experimental designs for partially embedded impression
moulded acrylic corneas with optics. (Planned for
human use when donor corneal transplants were unsuccessful.)
This preceded the development of the silicone cornea with
- Research and Development of one of the first impression
moulded and vacuum formed scleral lenses with optics for
patients with corneal irregularities that could not be
fitted with hard corneal contact lenses. (Note:
This project lead to the 'Impression Moulded Clear Acrylic
Scleral Trial Shell' and the 'Therapeutic Scleral Ocular
- The redesigning and custom fabrication of one of the
first-generation motility implants. The partially
buried peg implant with tantalum mesh wrap for integration
of muscle and fibrous tissue. (A predecessor to
the post-operative pegged porous Bio-Eye Hydroxyapatite
and Medpor Polyethylene orbital implants with their fibrovascular
- Lectured periodically to the eye residents, nurses and
operating room staff on the various implants, plastic
prostheses and their hygiene care.
- Color cinemaphotographer of oculoplastic surgical procedures,
which included three half hour documentaries on 'Eye Research'
and 'The Effects of Glaucoma' for the Massachusetts Lions
Eye Research Fund, and the Dr. Carl Johnson's 'The Frontalis
Sling for Ptosis Correction' for the Harvard Medical School.
- Photographer (35mm) & Ocularist of eyelid and orbit
By late 1962, the invaluable 10 years of ophthalmic research
experience led to the to establishment of the Jahrling Ocular
JAHRLING FAMILY: Second Generation (Plastic Eye) Ocularists
formation of Jahrling Ocular Prosthetics allowed the second
generation of Jahrling's (Joyce,
who had already begun a pre-teen informal indoctrination
to the profession of ocularistry by taking additional art
courses during their grammar and high school summer vacations,
and also by osmosis. They would view 'before & after'
patient case slides, and the pre-edited movies of oculoplastic
Their formal apprentice training with their father began
after their college education. This apprenticeship
included 10,000+ hours of 'hands-on' training, plus taking
the required, credited educational courses offered by the
American Society of Ocularists for their Board Approved Diplomate
Ocularist (BADO) diploma. The culmination of this was
becoming Board Certified Ocularists (BCO) by the National
Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO) respectively in
1981, 1987, and 1989. Our joint family experience,
together with continuing education (CE) credits assures us
of a share in the leadership of our profession.
About Jahrlings Ocular Prosthestic, Inc.