Sight Restored to Blind Man With Tooth Implanted in His Eye!

July 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A 42-year-old British man blinded in an industrial accident was given the gift of sight in a novel surgical procedure that used a living tooth as a receptacle for a man-made lens implanted in his eye. Martin Jones opened his newly constructed eye fitted with a portion of one of his own incisors and for the first time gazed upon his wife, whom he has never seen after four years of marriage.

Jones suffered a devastating industrial accident 12 years ago when hot aluminum exploded in his face, causing burns to 37 percent of his body, the loss of his left eye and blindness in his right eye.

Previous attempts using stem cells to restore sight in his right eye failed.

Mr. Liu a corneal specialist and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based at Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton pioneered the amazing procedure and believed Jones was a prime candidate.

The novel procedure has been performed on only 50 other patients in Britain.

Liu first removed a patch of skin tissue from inside Jones’ cheek and transplanted it into his eye for two months, to allow it to develop its own blood supply

Liu then removed one of Jones’ incisors, drilling a hole in a segment of the tooth and fitting a man-made lens inside. After two months the tooth fitted with the sight giving lens was inserted into Jones’ eye, gently placing the flap of new skin over the implant.

The last step involved surgeons cutting a hole in Jones’ cornea to allow light to pass through.

When Jones’ bandages were finally removed after the last step, his sight was restored and he was finally able to see his wife whom he described with awe as “…wonderful and lovely.”


Photo Source: Rotherham Advertiser


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