About Oculus Prosthetics
“I have been manufacturing prosthetic eyes since 2014. It all started because of my daughter Liberty’s rare eye conditions. My passion to help my daughter soon grew into a passion to help others.”
Dwayne Collins developed a passion for Ocular prosthetics following the birth of his first child Liberty, in 2013. Liberty was born with Bilateral Micropthalmia in her right eye and Chorioretinal Coloboma in her left eye, leaving her with partial vision and a need for a prosthesis.
Since her diagnosis, Dwayne and his wife Ashleigh have been dealing with medical professionals in support of Liberty’s disabilities. In 2015 Dwayne embarked on a journey to also dedicate his professional career to helping other families with eye difficulties, through learning to become an Ocularist.
Dwayne started informal training through the use of internet videos and started making Liberty’s prosthetic eyes.
Certification and Training
In August 2017 Dwayne completed professional development courses through the Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom, tutored by renown Ocularist John Pacey-Lowrie.
During this time Dwayne became certified in the design and manufacturing of bespoke Ocular prosthetics and Cosmetic/Scleral shells, then completed a further one month intensive training experience, immersed in John Pacey-Lowrie’s private clinic.
University certificate and reference available. While in the UK, an Ocularist video series was filmed featuring Dwayne and an episode can be viewed below for more insight.
Oculus Prosthetics was founded by Dwayne in June 2017 with a home clinic in Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast.
While new to the profession Dwayne has already worked with a small number of clients including children and adults who have either had eye loss due to birth defects, injury or illness.
Each client receives a bespoke socket prosthesis or cosmetic shell, depending on the clients’ needs. Dwayne hand paints each device with the client for the ultimate colour match.
Dwayne commenced his trade as a Glazier in 1999, working in the Gold Coast periodically over the past 10 years. Dwayne also worked in the Australasian Oil and Gas Industry before commencing an owner operator business in design and maintenance.