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Every single day makes us aware of the responsibility
we carry. We trust the power of experience.

It's in the face that we perceive the visible traits of someone's personality - " the eyes are the mirror- of the soul", they say.

 

The loss of an eye not only causes immense physical pain, it also mars facial symmetry, disrupts the inner and outer harmony and upsets the psyche's equilibrium.

 

Ocularists make artificial eyes - as they are often called colloquially -and it is by their hands that a substitute is crafted from either glass or acrylic to create the counterpart to the healthy eye.

 

Ultimately, the artificial eye should as closely as possible resemble and mimic the distinctive characteristics and aura of the healthy eye.

 

It's a task that not only demands the highest level of technical perfection of ocularists but also an ability to perceive all the colours, structures and patterns of the healthy eye in all their subtlety and nuance and to capture and to recreate them in the prosthesis. The result should help patients regain their balance and composure after the loss of their eye by helping them to completely identify with their "new eye" as though it were a part of them.



"Ruth Müller-Welt ist die Augenmacherin".
SWR Fernsehen BW (in german)

 

 

The term ocularist is not just the technical designation
of our occupation - it is a calling.

This is what anyone wishing to take up ocularistry needs to understand from the very beginning, otherwise success, or let alone personal fulfilment, will elude them. An ocularist should be like a good counsel to the patient. Furthermore he must have excellent command of the techniques, artistic talent, stamina and, very importantly, be capable of empathy. The name of the occupation "ocularist" is used around the globe.

 

To start training in Germany candidates must at least have obtained a degree which is equivalent to the American high-school diploma or British GCSE levels and be at least 18 years old.

 

The apprenticeship begins with a three year period called the Praktikantenzeit (internship) during which aspiring ocularists are taught how to produce the coloured glass sticks needed for iris patterning and the base colours required for the sclera. Apprentices also learn how to make post-op prostheses – a kind of temporary prosthesis that is worn until the wound is sufficiently healed over and a proper prosthesis can be fitted. This is followed by what is called an assistantship period of another three years in which they learn how to advise patients and to produce and fit prostheses of all degrees of difficulty.

 

The theory of ocularistry (anatomy, pathologies, material science, history etc.) is taught by their instructor or acquired by way of private studies and at further training seminars in Germany and abroad.

 

Each three-year training period is completed by an exam before a board of ocularists. A Certificate of the Allgemeine Ocularsiten Verband (AOV) or of the Deutsche Ocularistische Gesellschaft (DOG) is awarded if the exam has been passed successfully. The Board of Examiners at the Final Exam also includes an ophthalmologist.

 

To acquire the skills of an ocularist for PMMA prostheses and fitting techniques in Germany additional training is required which again lasts several years.

 
         
  Portrait Adolf Müller-Welt   Portrait Otto Müller-Welt   Portrait Jörg Müller-Welt   Das Team heute   Portrait Ruth Müller-Welt  
  Adolf Müller-Welt
Visionary and founder
  Otto Müller-Welt
Reputation builder
Jörg Müller-Welt
Perfectionist with a Vision
  R. Müller-Welt, E. Bruckner, T. Jung, P. Hengge Ocularistry is their Calling Ruth Müller-Welt
Combining Tradition with Innovationt

 

 

Our concern for the individual needs of our patients, innovation and drive for excellence are the cornerstones of our reputation.

The founder of the Institute, Mr. Adolf Müller-Welt, learnt ocularistry at Adolf Müller-Söhne in Wiesbaden. Together with an ophthalmologist their forefathers had developed the world's first hollow shell-type prosthesis, still called Reformauge in Germany.

 

Having completed his course of training at this famous practice he moved to Stuttgart where he founded the Institut Müller-Welt in 1919.

 

Jörg Müller-Welt, his grandson, sought to refine and perfect the fabrication of ocular prostheses and also threw open the door to the fitting and fabrication of acrylic prostheses in Stuttgart.

 

A skill which his daughter, Ruth Müller-Welt - ocularist in the fourth generation and director of the institute - acquired and brought to perfection, so that today the Institute can provide a uniquely broad range of prosthetic services and offer help even to patients with desperate difficulties.

 

She contributes her expertise and whole-hearted commitment, monitors and reviews the latest developments and trends in the fields of ocularistry and ophthalmology and frequently travels to seminars in Europe and the United States. Additionally, she trains young ocularists and sits on Examination Boards.

 

No less committed and with many years of experience under their belts, Thomas Jung and Elmar Bruckner have helped and served many patients with their expertly made glass prostheses.

 

Pascal Hengge is our apprentice and currently the youngest member on our team.