D. Antonio Laiseca de la Rosa
There is written evidence that Mr. Antonio Laiseca, our great-grandfather, received recognition for his ocular prosthesis at the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. During those years, an ocularist combined the creation of glass eyes for individuals with taxidermy and other types of figurines. Such pieces demanded a thorough mastery of the art of working with and molding glass. For instance, the majority of the glass eyes for the animals in the collection of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid were made by our grandfather and great-grandfather.
After the Second World War, ocular prosthesis began to be manufactured in plastic material, methyl methacrylate, due to the numerous advantages they offer over glass prosthesis. This is the present, and methyl methacrylate is now universally used, with subsequent technical advancements over the years (today, only a few centers in Germany and central Europe still produce glass eyes).