The Future of Ocularistry, Part 3 of 3

The Future of Ocularistry, Part 3 of 3

As we look at driving forces of change and consider the new skills that the future ocularist must acquire, we will see ocularistry change in the following ways:

  1. It won't be long before custom eyes can be 3D printed at a satisfactory level. In the future, the process of impressioning and fitting may become entirely non-invasive.
  2. Ocularists will assume a more involved role in the development process of a multi-functional prosthetic eye.
  3. Ocularists will be able to reach out to a broader audience, raising awareness about eye loss and demystifying the public's misconceptions about prosthetic eyes.
  4. Patients will become more engaged in managing their own health care routine.
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The Future of Ocularistry, Part 1 of 3

The Future of Ocularistry, Part 1 of 3

Back in October 2014 when I attended the semi-annual meeting of the American Society of Ocularists (ASO), I gave a short lecture as part of the apprenticeship requirement. The topic I chose was "The Future of Ocularistry." Just days before my presentation, I came across an infographic that outlined six drivers of change and ten important work skills for the next five years. I started thinking about how these driving forces and skills can change ocularistry in the near future. In doing so, I scrubbed my entire presentation and started over...

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