Jost Haas works in London; is the last glass eye maker left in Britain; and is close to retirement. He originates from Germany, where glass eye technology was perfected in the 18th century. He still manufactures glass eyes using techniques which have been mostly unchanged for over two hundred years.
Nowadays virtually all prosthetic eyes are made from acrylic plastic, rendering Mr. Haas’ undeniable skill almost redundant.
There is however, an element of trust and familiarity built up between Ocularist and patient, and that small band of patients who have continued to attend Mr. Haas for their artificial eyes over the years will undoubtedly feel uneasy at the thought of attending another practitioner.
This video stands as a fascinating document of an almost forgotten art which will finally pass into history in the UK when Mr. Hass retires.