Tooth Implant Enables British Man To See Again


259 Words 2-Minute Listen

12-years after he lost his vision in a construction-related accident 42-year-old Martin Jones can see again - thanks to a new radical procedure that involved implanting a tooth into his right eye.

The operation, performed by Dr. Christopher Lui in the UK, involved removing one of his canine teeth and drilling a hole into it and inserting a special lens inside. Then the doctor pulled out a portion of his skin from his cheek and grafted it into the eye.

After about two months, when the flap had fully attached itself to the eye and developed blood vessels, the doctor planted the the tooth into the eye socket and pulled the grafted skin over the tooth base. He then made a small hole in it that corresponded with the hole in the tooth, so that light could penetrate throught it. It took two weeks for the eye to heal, but it worked.

Martin opened his eyes and the first thing he saw was his wife. Since they had been married only for four years, he had never seen her and never really hoped to! He has since enjoyed seeing the beautiful things around him, though he did get a chuckle looking at the Smart car, which he thought was a car sawed off in half!

While Martin's left eye can never been restored because it had to be completely removed when he was injured, he is happy with just one toothy eye, which makes him look like someone from a science fiction movie.


Cite Article
  • SAVAGEBEAUFriday, October 5, 2018 at 10:32 am
    i dont know how in the world they did this implant with a tooth for a puple
    • october
      octoberThursday, July 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm
      That is really creepy, but also a little cool.
      • summerstar
        summerstarSaturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm
        That is really cool how the scientist made a tooth become an eye, but Martin's hisical apperance might be SUPER CREEPY! 😲
        • summerstar
          summerstarThursday, June 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm
          I mean physical, not hisical! (Ooops!)
        • pendltre000
          pendltre000Monday, February 8, 2016 at 8:33 am
          Cool how moving teeth around to implant a tooth into the eye so someone can see its cool, but kinda gross also the picture of his eye looks pretty scary I mean i know dentist and doctors can do incredible things but that is just unbelievable if I'm ever blind I'm going straight to the dentist or doctor cause that sounds cool I want to experience having a tooth as a eye
          • waggoemm000
            waggoemm000Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8:15 am
            Ya that is really cool pendletre000
            • pendltre000
              pendltre000Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8:13 am
              so i can be blind
              • trowbmig000
                trowbmig000Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9:31 am
                Yes you can be blind
            • JKing112Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm
              Cool, but weird, but cool, and kind of gross
              • jaja101
                jaja101Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm
                Cool and disgusting
                • basi344
                  basi344Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm
                  I am favoriting it but I don't like it!
                  • basi344
                    basi344Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm
                    Looks like a snake man! When I looked at the picture, I thought he was a real live snake man!
                    • joymaker
                      joymakerThursday, December 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm
                      really cool but very creepy.
                      • kjsparkle333
                        kjsparkle333Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm
                        ewww I get teeth pulled so I hope that doesnt affect me