Bespoke Ocular Prosthetics Design and Manufacture (the PMMA technique)

Prosthetic eye
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 15 July 2019
  • Course duration: Five days

The course begins with a detailed demonstration of impression taking, model-making, wax pouring and sculpture, followed by how to fit the pattern to the socket and how to undertake wax carving and iris positioning.

You'll then complete these stages yourself on a head model, under supervision.

You'll take impressions and use wax to sculpt the prosthesis, and then continue by hand-painting the iris and applying sclera tinting and vessels.

You'll develop a basic knowledge of fitting the prosthesis, and how to recreate and practice this experience in your own place of work.

The next stage begins with an examination of a damaged eye and determining its suitability for a prosthesis, and an understanding of local topical anaesthetics.

You'll undertake impression-taking, model-making and vacuum-forming, and then trimming and polishing the PMMA shell.

This course is aimed at those who are in the early stages of their career in ocular prosthetics as well as experienced practitioners who are looking to learn up-to-date methodology.

The course is also very useful for dental/maxillo-facial technicians, optometric practitioners, ophthalmic nurses and ophthalmic doctors.

This is the only course in the UK that both demonstrates these unique skills and encourages practical involvement.

A CPD certificate will be available from this course.

"Excellent course. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it." YC

"A well run, friendly course. I'll be taking away a lot of new information to help in continuing my professional practice." PM

“Having a patient to work with and watch the processes as they would in a clinic was very useful. I really enjoyed the course, and John is a wealth of information and advice.” SB

“Amazing experience. I recommend it. The impressive skills of John and his patience made the course very enjoyable.” KE

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

This practical course operates in two stages.

You'll begin by focusing on the design and fit of a prosthetic to an empty socket.

You'll then move on to cosmetic/scleral shell design and manufacture, and learn the techniques involved in producing a hand-painted and flush-fitted shell over a blind eye.

How to apply

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

15 - 19 July 2019

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

15 - 19 July 2019

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418