When Dwayne Collins left an artificial eye maker’s office with his vision-impaired daughter once again in tears he thought “there had to be a better way”.
Three-year-old Liberty, who was born with a rare condition that left her with malformed eyes, had just tested another unsuitable prosthetic eye.
Two different professionals had attempted to create prosthetic eyes for the little girl, each time making ones that were “absolutely terrible”.
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“The ocularist left us with an eye that didn’t look straight, made her eye run and he was happy for her to be like that…” Dwayne said.
“My wife and Liberty were crying and I myself was extremely angry and frustrated at the unprofessionalism in New Zealand so I turned this anger and frustration into motivation.”
It was then that Dwayne realised if he wanted an eye that was going to fit his daughter properly, he was going to have to make it himself.
The New Zealand-born father-of-two had no training as an ocularist, but didn't let that stop him from designing and creating an eye that his daughter now wears.
"Once we arrived home I got straight onto the computer and started ordering the basic machines, paint supplies and materials that I would need to make her an eye myself," he said.
"It took me about three months of practice and lots of failures before I had an eye I was happy to have her wear."
Dwayne, who now lives with his family on the Gold Coast, said that he taught himself how to create the eye by following tutorials on YouTube.