Tooth Implant Enables British Man To See Again

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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.

sources: telegraph.co.uk, zeitgeist.com

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75 Comments
  • adroit_avimimus
    adroit_avimimusabout 1 month
    That is pretty crazy.. a tooth in a pupil? To see?! But I'm glad he's able to see again!
    • SAVAGEBEAUalmost 4 years
      i dont know how in the world they did this implant with a tooth for a puple
      • october
        octoberabout 6 years
        That is really creepy, but also a little cool.
        • summerstar
          summerstarover 6 years
          That is really cool how the scientist made a tooth become an eye, but Martin's hisical apperance might be SUPER CREEPY! 😲
        • pendltre000
          pendltre000over 6 years
          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
        • JKing112over 6 years
          Cool, but weird, but cool, and kind of gross
          • jaja101
            jaja101over 7 years
            Cool and disgusting
            • basi344
              basi344over 7 years
              I am favoriting it but I don't like it!
              • basi344
                basi344over 7 years
                Looks like a snake man! When I looked at the picture, I thought he was a real live snake man!
                • joymaker
                  joymakeralmost 8 years
                  really cool but very creepy.