Sharron Thornton, 68, and a life-long resident of Mississippi, has been blind for the last ten years of her life, a side effect of a disease known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
The ailment, which causes scar tissue to build up on the eye’s cornea, can lead to blindness. While cornea replacement is a viable option for some individuals afflicted with this disease, Ms. Thornton’s case was not the case.
A new procedure developed in Italy has made its way to the states and offers a cure-all by implanting the patient’s tooth into their cheek. This woman’s tooth was filed and sculpted to encase a small lens, which was then inserted into her cheek cavity in order for it to ‘set’. After the two fused together, the tooth-lens was removed and surgically implanted into Thornton’s eye socket.
Where the electrodes or electronic devices are attached (her brain, I can surmise?), I am uncertain of, but it’s amazing science that a camera can be utilized to remedy blindness in this day and age. According to a statement released from the University of Miami’s Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute referencing this procedure:
“A hole is made in the mucosa for the prosthetic lens, which protrudes slightly from the eye and enables light to re-enter the eye allowing the patient to see once again.”
Ms. Thornton states that she most looks forward to seeing her youngest grandchildren – for the first time ever.
Congrats to the vision-restored Sharron Thornton and mad props to researchers for implementing this long-developed procedure!