The History and Technology of Acrylic Prosthetics
Today, the Danz & Sons family and staff represent an incredible 8 generations of dedicated service, in the highly specialized field of ocular prosthetics! We are committed to providing the highest level of care, using the latest in technology and time honored excellence, for each and every one of our patients. Our ocularists are thoroughly trained in the complete anatomy of the human eye and ocular system, with a unique emphasis on prosthetics. Due to the specialized nature of this type of work, the American Society of Ocularists formalized a training program in for specialists entering this field. Technicians acquire their skills and experience through apprenticeship with firms within the industry or from government training courses such as those available from the Veterans Administration with oversight through the College of Ocularisty. With ever-evolving technology and recent advances in the field of Ocularistry, we constantly strive to stay on the leading edge with continuing education and symposiums, with the world’s leading authorities in the ocular prosthetic profession. We are also accredited members of the American Society of Ocularists, a national organization of specialists in the field.
Our company has been serving patients in the California, Nevada, and Hawaii for over 33 years, providing our patients with custom fitted, hand sculptured and hand painted ocular prosthetics. Our office staff is also highly skilled in the fitting of thin shell prosthetics, (also known as Scleral Shells) over blind, disfigured eyes, such as phthisis bulbi. We are also experienced in fitting state-of-the-art orbital implants, such as the Hydroxyapatite (Bioeye) and Medpor, along with their pegging and sleeving systems.
Antonio Alcorta began as an apprentice/trainee in October 1976, under the tutelage of Ted Danz at the San Francisco location. Upon the demise of Ted Danz, the corporation was split between Phillip A. Danz & Dorothy Alcorta Danz. Mrs. Danz continued operation of her portion of the corporation under the name of G. Danz & Sons, Inc. for the next five years. On December 10, 1984 Dorothy A. Danz sold her corporation to her son Antonio Alcorta. Mrs. Danz then relocated to Oklahoma, and retired shortly thereafter.
Antonio began operation of D. Danz & Sons, Inc. on December 10, 1984, and immediately expanded the company into the Idaho area. He also began traveling to Honolulu, HI four times a year, at the requests of many physicians and patients on the Islands. He has since opened & maintains permanent offices in Reno and Las Vegas, NV.
Antonio has trained three Board Certified Ocularists, Sam F. Murano, II, Brian Grabowski and Antonio L Alcorta, I. Sam purchased the locations in Idaho and has expanded his locations since under the name Intermountain Ocular Prosthetics. Antonio L Alcorta, I is now operating offices at various locations. Antonio SR is currently training his step-son, Mark Thaxter, servicing his California, Nevada, and Hawaii patients, and are anticipating further area expansion in the near future.