Sight restored by tooth transplant

08 October 2013

Eye_irisA British man who began to lose his sight 16 years ago after an accident has undergone ground-breaking surgery to restore his sight.

The complex and lengthy surgery, known as osteo-ondonto-keratoprothesis, was performed at the Sussex Eye Hospital. A lens was inserted into a hole drilled through the patients tooth before the tooth was placed under the eye socket to grow tissue. The tooth was left for several months before being implanted in the eye, and because the tooth was part of the patients body, there was zero chance of rejection.

The patient described the moment when he saw his children's faces for the first time following the surgery as "ecstasy"!!

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