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The National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO) was formed in November, 1980, in response to the need for more uniform standards in the field of ophthalmic prosthetics (artificial eyes). NEBO is an independent agency whose primary function is the assessment of competence of the ocularist who performs the variety of health care related functions encountered in the fitting and fabrication of ophthalmic prosthetics. NEBO is chartered to develop, maintain, and administer a certification examination as a means of attesting to the competency of the ocularist. In addition, NEBO issues renewable and dated certificates, and maintains a registry or list of those who are currently certified.


The American Society of Ocularists was founded in 1957 by professionals specializing in the fabricating and fitting of custom-made ocular prosthetics (artificial eyes). The organization’s purpose is to improve and promote research in the development of ophthalmic prosthetics, to advance the methods, techniques and skills of the ocularist membership, and to provide the public with continual improvement in all fields and activities in which ocularists engage. All members adhere to the Society’s Standard Operating Procedures for the fitting and fabrication of custom-made ophthalmic prosthetics. Research, education and standards form the benefits to ASO members.

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, Inc., is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions since its inception in 1948. ABC is recognized as a deemed authority for facility accreditation by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), Veteran’s Administration, numerous major healthcare insurance providers, government agencies, and HMO’s throughout the United States. ABC accredited facilities abide by the Code of Professional Responsibility created by fellow practitioners to ensure that any organization awarded accreditation by ABC is practicing in accordance with professional standards.