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Old 07-17-2009, 01:23 AM
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Blind man got his sight back after having a tooth implanted into his eye

Martin Jones a 42-year-old builder was left blind after an accident at work more than a decade ago. But a remarkable operation - which implants part of his tooth in his eye - has pierced his world of darkness. The procedure, performed fewer than 50 times before in Britain, uses the segment of tooth as a holder for a new lens grafted from his skin.

He lost his sight after a tub of white hot aluminium exploded in his face at work in a scrapyard. He suffered 37 per cent burns and had to wear a special body stocking for 23 hours a day. He also had his left eye removed. But surgeons were able to save the right eye, even though he was unable to see through it. At first specialists in Nottingham tried to save his sight using stem cells from a donor but the attempt failed.

It was only when a revolutionary new operation was pioneered at the Sussex Eye Clinic in Brighton that he was given a chance to have his sight back. During the procedure, a minute section of a patient's tooth is removed, reshaped and chiselled through to grip the man-made lens which is then placed in its core. It is implanted under an eyelid where it becomes covered in tissue.

The process requires a living tooth as an implant because doctors suggest there are chances the eye would reject a plastic equivalent. So a canine - which is the best option due to its shape and size - was taken out of Mr Jones' mouth. 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 tooth segment 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.

Mr Jones, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, was able to see for the first time his wife Gill, 50, whom he had married four years ago.

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Old 07-17-2009, 09:41 AM
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That's good he can see something now. Maybe he'll stop tripping over the cat.
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:49 AM
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I don't quite understand the procedure but it does sound promising.
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:28 PM
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This story reminds me of the time that my teenaged son regained his senses after I implanted my foot in his butt.

On a serious note, this is a truly amazing advance.
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:29 PM
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This story reminds me of the time that my teenaged son regained his senses after I implanted my foot in his butt.

On a serious note, this is a truly amazing advance.
That was an eye-popping awakening for him for sure! lols

Anyway, no matter how successful the operation and procedure was, the resulting product still isn't good to look at.

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Old 07-17-2009, 01:57 PM
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Well, at least the poor guy doesn't have to think when someone tells him to use his good eye...he's only got one good eye!

It is a bit strange to think putting part of a tooth in your eye will help you see.
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:58 PM
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Wait a minute. They said in the article they used one of his molars.

Are they sure they didn't use one of his eye teeth?
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:55 PM
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This is such a breakthrough for medical science!
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:11 PM
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Finally it seems tooth can aid in vision apart from biting
 
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This story reminds me of the time that my teenaged son regained his senses after I implanted my foot in his butt.

On a serious note, this is a truly amazing advance.
Is your real name Red Foreman?
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:19 PM
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That is really unusual procedure. But, good for him.
 
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:24 PM
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Are they sure they didn't use one of his eye teeth?
I was scrolling down just waiting to say that and you beat me! lol!
 
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this is just creepy!
 
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It would have been a better story if he got his sight back after someone bit him and lost their tooth in his eye
 
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It would have been a better story if he got his sight back after someone bit him and lost their tooth in his eye
Yeah! Why didn't that happen? Durn it.
 
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:03 PM
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I was scrolling down just waiting to say that and you beat me! lol!
Yes. I see what you mean!
 
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I'm gonna keep an eye on you.
 
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Allen Farlow, cover your eyes before its too late!
 
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This is sort of on the same level of the little girl that survived with 2 hearts and the implanted heart had healed the original of disease and anomolies.
 
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This story reminds me of the time that my teenaged son regained his senses after I implanted my foot in his butt.
Really nice comment,

Also the story seems to be good too.
 
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