Why Visit a Board Certified Ocularist?
Whether you were referred from your doctor, or conducting your own prosthetic eye specialist search, an important provider distinction must be made before scheduling your initial consultation. Please make sure your provider is a board certified ocularist (B.C.O.), accredited by the National Examining Board of Ocularists. This important certification ensures that your provider has achieved and maintained their qualifications as an experienced, trained, and competent ocularist.
An ocularist, when compared to a doctor of optometry (O.D.) or dental technician, trains specifically and exclusively in the field of ocular prosthetics. Their experience and attention to detail is unparalleled in this specialized field. This specificity is highlighted in the provider definitions that follow:
“An ocularist is a skillfully trained professional in the science and art of fitting, fabricating and painting opthalmic prosthetics (artificial eyes).” [www.neboboard.org]
“Doctors of optometry (O.D.d/optometrists) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye.” [www.aoa.org]
“[Dental technicians] work directly with dentists by following detailed written instructions and using impressions (molds) of the patient’s teeth or oral soft tissues to create: [dental appliances].” [www.ada.org]
For questions regarding accreditation and scheduling a consultation with a board certified ocularist, please request an appointment or call our Los Angeles office. We look forward to serving you.