Eventually, I decided I wanted to be an ocularist, which is someone who makes and fits artificial eyes.
After four years I managed to open my clinic and became the first licensed ocularist in Saudi Arabia.
In addition, as a specialist department of high calibre ocularists, the unit runs an observership programme where specialists from across the world can attend the department for a specified period of time to extend their skills, advance the way they practice and improve what they offer to patients.
Moorfields Eye Hospital is the largest in-house facility of its type in the UK and it is expanding further, revealed chief ocularist David Carpenter when speaking to OT about the department and its work.
"Over the years we have produced various weird and wonderful products for patients - when staff in other clinics are stuck thinking 'what can we do for this patient?'--they send them to Moorfields," said the chief ocularist.
Realistically it takes a couple of years for an ocularist to become proficient at the basics, and up to five years before you would be comfortable carrying out all the tasks that come along."
Recruited as an apprentice in 1997, he has progressed through the ranks of ocularist and advanced ocularist, and now heads up the department as chief ocularist.
A master craftsman called an ocularist works there.
As the only ocularist in the Department of Defense and one of fewer than 100 in the country who can make prosthetic eyes.
The only way an individual can become an ocularist is through an apprenticeship.