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SciTech Central Short: Ocularist

SciTech Central Short: Ocularist


>>AN OCULARIST IS HALF MAD SCIENTIST, HALF ARTIST. YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT.YOU HAVE TO WANT TO BE AN OCULARIST. IT’S TEDIOUS, IT CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING AND FRUSTRATING MANY TIMES.>>RICK BOWEN IS A SECOND-GENERATION OCULARIST.>>I ENTERED INTO AN APPRENTICESHIP UNDER MY DAD. TOOK ME ABOUT EIGHT YEARS TO GO THROUGH IT ONCE I FINALLY SETTLED DOWN AND GOT SERIOUS WITH IT. AND I WENT THROUGH THE EDUCATION SEQUENCE THROUGH THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF OCULARISTS. I SEE PEOPLE IN MY OFFICE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR EYE COMPLETELY AS WELL AS PEOPLE WHO STILL HAVE AN EYE THAT MAY BE BLIND OR UNSIGHTLY THAT NEEDS COVERING.>>SAMANTHA JAY WEARS A PROSTHETIC OVER HER DAMAGED EYE.>>WHEN I WAS ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE YEARS OLD IT WAS A FREAK ACCIDENT. A SCREWDRIVER WENT DOWN, BOUNCED OFF THE GROUND AND IT CAME UP AND HIT ME IN MY EYE AND IT DETACHED IT. I GOT A PROSTHETIC EYE WHEN I WAS EIGHTEEN. I CAME HERE TODAY TO GET A NEW EYE MADE. IT WAS NOT MOVING GREAT. THE COLOR WAS OFF, OVER TIME THEY DEGENERATE.>>HELLO, SAMMY HOW YA DOING? THE LAST ONE I MADE FOR HER WAS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO. I HAD DONE SEVERAL ADJUSTMENTS AND RECONDITIONING TO IT AND HER EYE SOCKET HAD JUST CHANGED TO THE POINT WHERE SHE NEEDED A NEW ONE. RIGHT, I’M GONNA GO WASH MY HANDS SO WE CAN GET STARTED, OKAY? THE FIRST STEP IN MAKING A PROSTHESIS FOR SOMEONE IS TO TAKE AN IMPRESSION. SAMMY LOOK DOWN. IT’S GONNA BE A LITTLE BIT CHILLY YOU’LL FEEL PRESSURE. IT’S NOT ME PUSHING .JUST THE LIQUID FILLING IN. THE IMPRESSION MATERIAL IS ALGINATE THE CALCIFIED REMAINS OF ALGAE AND ONCE IT REACHES BODY TEMPERATURE IT HARDENS WITHIN A MINUTE. THERE YOU GO. AND THERE’S AN IMPRESSION OF THE EYE SOCKET.THE IMPRESSION LEADS TO A FITTING MODEL WHICH IS WHAT THE MEASUREMENTS ARE TAKEN FROM. AND THAT FITTING MODEL IS REVERSE MOLDED INTO A STONE CASTING. ONCE THAT STONE CASTING HARDENS, THAT’S WHEN YOU CAN START MAKING THE PROSTHESIS. THE EYE IS ACTUALLY MADE OUT OF WHAT WOULD POPULARLY KNOWN AS DENTAL ACRYLIC. IT’S POLYMETHYLMETHACRYLATE. AND WE USE A WHITE TINTED VERSION OF IT FOR THE SCLERA BASE.>>THE STONE CASTING IS PACKED WITH THE ACRYLIC, PUT INTO A PRESS, THEN CURED IN A STEAMER.>>THIS IS SAMMY’S FULLY CURED EYE. THIS IS THE WHITE SCLERA BASE WITH THE IRIS BUTTON EMBEDDED.>>NEXT, BOWEN PAINTS THE PROSTHETIC EYE TO MATCH SAMANTHA’S GOOD ONE. HE MUST CAREFULLY COLOR NOT ONLY THE IRIS, BUT THE SCLERA- THE WHITE OF THE EYE.>>NO EYES ARE THE SAME. EVERY SINGLE ONE IS DIFFERENT. I’VE NEVER PAINTED THE SAME EYE TWICE. YOU GOTTA MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD LIGHTING CONDITIONS AND HAVE THE RIGHT COLORS, HAVE THE RIGHT MATERIALS. THERE’S ART TO IT. YOU GOTTA HAVE AN EYE FOR IT. I’M SHREDDING SOME FIBERS OFF THIS NEEDLE POINT YARN, AND I’M GOING USE THOSE FOR THE BLOOD VESSELS. NOW I’M GOING TO APPLY SOME MONA-POLY SYRUP TO THE SURFACE OF THE SCLERA. THEN I’M GONNA PUT SOME ON HERE. AND WE HAVE INSTANT BLOOD VESSELS. HOW ABOUT THAT HUH? OK IT’S LOOKING GREAT. WOW LOOK AT THAT!>>LOOKS REALLY GOOD.>>WE PACK PLASTIC IN HERE AND PUT THAT ON THERE.>>ONCE PAINTED, THE EYE IS READY FOR FINAL CURING. THE LAST STEP: POLISHING.>>THIS IS THE FINAL BUFF. NEEDS TO BE AS SHINY AS YOU CAN GET IT. THAT’S IT. OK IT’S FINISHED, HERE IT IS.>>LOOKS GREAT.>>OK LET’S PUT IT IN SEE WHAT WE GOT, K? THERE YOU GO. HOW DOES IT FEEL?>>IT FEELS GOOD.>>I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH SAMANTHA SINCE SHE WAS A TEENAGER. WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT TOGETHER. SHE HAD A HARD TIME WITH THE EYE WHEN SHE WAS GROWING UP AND HER UNCLE BROUGHT HER TO SEE ME AND IT JUST CHANGED HER WHOLE LIFE.>>IT’S BUILT MY SELF-ESTEEM, MY CONFIDENCE. I’M ABLE TO HAVE EYE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE RATHER THAN LOOKING AWAY. IT’S BUILT MY CONFIDENCE UP AND IT’S MADE A HUGE IMPROVEMENT ON MY LIFE. THANK YOU SO MUCH >>GLAD WE COULD HELP YOU.>>IT’S EXTREMELY GRATIFYING WORK. I LIKE HOW I MADE SUCH A POSITIVE IMPACT ON PEOPLE’S LIVES.>>WATCH FULL EPISODES OF SCITECH CENTRAL, THURSDAYS AT 8:30 P.M. ON WUCF TV.

8 thoughts on “SciTech Central Short: Ocularist

  1. Sir I also want to make eye contect to other people …There is no technology Luke that please make one eye for me …You are fabulous doctors for me.
    Please do something please I am from india …I don't get any idea to reach you please sir ..?

  2. I had cancer when I was 6 years old and the only thing that slowed me down was our government…i wanted to join the marines and because of this they didn't let me join….probably cause there a bunch of bitches and like to play a game of favoritism 💯🖕😎🌍

  3. There is a prosthetic place in Peoria, Illinois and they do really good work as well…its on candle tree drive. Look it up on Google.!💙🌍💯

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