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David R. Wyatt, B.C.O.
Jennifer M Premus, MAMS, BCO
David R. Wyatt, B.C.O.
David is the only board certified ocularist in the Southeast who wears an ocular prosthesis. He received his training at the Eye Foundation Hospital / University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham where he was on staff for seven years.
He became a member of the American Society of Ocularists (ASO) in 1976. In 1981 he completed the ASO apprenticeship program and received his board certification from the National Examining Board of Ocularists.
In 1982 David purchased L&B Laboratories, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. L&B Laboratories, Inc., established in 1957, is the oldest practice in the state. In 1993 David purchased a second practice, also the oldest in the state: Artificial Eyes of New Orleans, Louisina. Both practices were hereafter operated under the name L&B Laboratories, Inc.
In June of 2012, after 30 years of continual operation, David closed his Florida office. He continues to work full-time out of his New Orleans office.
David’s objective is to produce the finest ocular prosthetics and sclera shells.

 

Jennifer M Premus, MAMS, BCO Jennifer received her master of associated medical science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 1995. While at the University of Illinois she concentrated her studies in facial prosthetics. She began her membership in the American Society of Ocularists as an apprentice under David R. Wyatt, BCO in February 1996. Her employment with L&B Laboratories, Inc. began the same year.
Jennifer completed the ASO training program in 2010, and received her board certification from the National Examining Board of Ocularists in 2011.
In addition to being experienced in all aspects of creating ocular prosthetics, Jennifer manages the business office, all patient scheduling, and patient billing.
An ocularist is a not a physician, but a skilled individual who makes artificial eyes, or ocular prostheses. Not all ocularists are board certified, nor are they all members of professional organizations such as the American Society of Ocularists. The American Society of Ocularists is a non-profit, international , educational organization founded in 1957. The ASO training program prepares members to certify with the National Examining Board of Ocularists.
According to the American Society of Ocularists, a board certified ocularist (BCO) is an ocularist who has “achieved and maintained certification” with the National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO). NEBO is an independent agency that assesses the competency of ocularists. NEBO developes, maintains, and administers the certification exam an ocularist must pass to become “board certified”. In the USA, choosing a board certified ocularist over a non-certified one ensures that your ocularist is well trained and skilled in the process of fabricating custom ocular prostheses. Patients should be wary of individuals fitting “stock” eyes. Stock eyes are factory-made eyes available in varying sizes and colors that are later modified to fit the individual patient. Stock eyes often have poor cosmetic results and are uncomfortable to wear. If poorly fit, stock eyes may even be damaging to the patient’s socket. Board certified ocularists never fit stock eyes.
WHAT’S A BOARD CERTIFIED OCULARIST?
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