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Tooth Implant Helps Blind Man See Again

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Tooth Implant Helps Blind Man See Again

Blind man see wife of four years for the first time after having a tooth implant in his eye…..

A revolutionary new surgery in which a segment of a patients tooth is implanted in their eye, has helped a blind man regain his sight.

Martin Jones, 42, was injured in a building accident more than a decade ago when a tub of white hot aluminum exploded in his face. He suffered 37 percent burns and lost his left eye. Surgeons were able to save his right eye even though he was unable to see through it.

Martin Jones Sees Again After Having Tooth Implanted In His Eye

At first specialists in Nottingham tried to save his sight using stem cells from a donor but the procedure was unsuccessful.

It was only after hearing of a new operation pioneered at the Sussex Eye Clinic in Brighton, that Jones was given the chance to have his sight back.

The procedure involves taking a small section of a patients tooth, reshaping it, and placing a man-made lens at it core. The process requires a living tooth as an implant to reduce the risks of the eye rejecting it.

A patch of skin is then taken from the inside of the cheek and placed in the eye for two months where it gradually acquires its own blood supply.

The new man-made lens is finally transplanted into the eye socket. The flap of grafted skin is then partially lifted from the eye and placed over its new sturdy base. Finally, surgeons cut a hole in the grafted cornea to let light through.

Tooth Implanted In Eye Helps Blind Man See Again

When asked about his ordeal, Jones said that he never imagined that one day he would see his wife, Gill, whom he married four years ago:

“The doctors took the bandages off and it was like looking through water and then I saw this figure and it was her…

“She’s wonderful and lovely. It was unbelievable to see her for the first time…

“When I found out there was a chance I would get my sight back, the first person I wanted to see was her.”

‘I feel fantastic getting my sight back,’ he added:

“I can’t really describe it – it’s beyond words. I was blind for 12 years and when my sight came back everything had changed…

“The first car I saw when my sight was restored was a Smart car and I couldn’t stop laughing – I’d never seen one before and I thought it had been chopped in half…

“Getting my sight back has changed my life. It is such a precious gift and you don’t really appreciate it until it is taken away…

“I have been so fortunate that my sight has been returned . I find it such a simple pleasure being able to see what is going on in the world.”

The eight-hour operation, pioneered by surgeon Christopher Liu, is designed to help patients who have corneal blindness but who are not suitable for traditional corneal transplants. The procedure, has been performed fewer than 50 times in Britain.

Surgeon Christopher Liu

“When I first heard about the technique I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think many people can,” said Mr Jones.

“My friends just don’t believe me . They think I’m pulling their leg or have just made it up…

“But when I take my glasses off they say ‘oh my God’ because my eye looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. They’re just amazed at it.”

Mr Liu is a corneal specialist and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based at Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton. He is also President of the British Society for Refractive Surgery.

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