Sharron Thornton, a 60-year-old grandmother who lost sight in both eyes 9 years ago due to a rare corneal disease, can see again after docs implanted a part of one of her eyeteeth into her left eye.

The procedure known as as modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis, was the first of its kind performed in the United States. The surgery has already been performed with success in Britain.

Doctors at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute extracted one of Thornton’s canine teeth (eyeteeth) and shaved off the crown of the tooth that’s visible above the gum leaving only the root and a portion of the surrounding bone.

Doctors then shaved off a part of the root and bone leaving only a sliver of the root and bone. In other words, the entire tooth was not implanted in her eye.

Oral mucous membrane from inside her cheek was removed and grafted to her left eye. Thornton had been blind for 9 years after a rare corneal disease her corneas permanently scarred.

A hole was drilled into the center of the sliver of bone and tooth to serve as an anchor for the cylinder lens, which was placed in the center. The cylinder lens allows light to reach the back of her eye enabling her to see again.

The cylinder lens, tooth and bone (called a odonto-keratoprosthesis) was then implanted into a hole drilled in Thronton’s cornea.

The mucous membrane which was removed from inside her cheek was overlayed on top of the odonto-keratoprosthesis like a skin graft over the eye.

The photo of Mrs. Thornton shows the eye as it looks with the oral tissue and tooth laid over her eye with the cylinder lens protruding out of the center. Later a prosthetic eye shell will cover her left eye and give it a completely normal appearance.

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  • masonmom

    thank u sandra for that “medical moment” however, that pic is nasty lookin just as i was about to make a sandwich!

    i know i asked for another post so i better be careful what i wish for!

  • kwallace577

    that pic is wrong auntie. just dayum wrong.

  • shannon04

    I must say…I do enjoy the medical information that you give us.

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    Uh, while I can appreciate the scientific aspects of this new procedure, the sight (no pun intended)of it all is absolutely frightening :coffee:

  • pinky2083

    OH EM GEE. Glad she can see again.

  • http://twitter.com/LaydeeJustice LadyJustice

    OH MY GAAAAWD. =x

  • melinla

    I’m glad for her but she needs a damn eye patch til the $hit heals up…some of didn’t go into the medical field for a reason Sandra – just nasty…

  • Krysi J

    that shyt look entirely TOO nasty azz hell.

  • http://notenoughrealmen.blogspot.com 2thick4u

    Glad that she can see again but she her won’t lok like that once it heal will it?

  • Charles

    Her appearance is a small price to pay for sight

  • Krysi J

    I guess so…

  • PAHairston

    Hello all, masonmom, you are too, too funny. Before we leave this earth, only God knows what He’s gonna take us thru. We have to suffer to earn our crown, it says so in the Bible. I know this talk is wayyyyyy too heavy for most of you younguns on this board but times a flying and you won’t be young always. Soon, most of your life will just be memories. (Listen to Yolanda Adams, Battle is Not Yours) Peace.

  • iscream

    After she sees people staring at her all the time she is going to wish… nevermind. You all get the point.

    big ups to the doctors.

  • scorpio

    Thank you Sandra for the illustration. I read about this yesterday and could not picture what they were saying she had done.

  • Anna

    Charles Says:

    Her appearance is a small price to pay for sight
    ~~~~~~~~~
    I can’t belive you had something nice to say. I am happy for Sharron and we see far worse with ppl living with disfigurements. I see ppl so obese that they have a “double wide” electric scooter. I see ppl burned in fires with skin still burnt. I see ppl without legs/limbs. If they are comfortable in their own skin, I say let them be. Llfe is not what body you are born with or are later left with due to circumstances. Life is about living and letting others be free to live without judgement or fear. I know I go hard on what a celeb is wearing or what they say or what they do. Some things are different. This is a different one of those somethings. Everyone needs to stop being so vain and remember that this could happen to us. If my face or body were disfigured I know GOD gave me a personality to back it up. Yes I am LSLH but I did not choose to be, I am who I am and I have a big heart for others.

  • kalvonel

    OMG!!!!! Thank you! I saw this on discovery at least a decade ago and NOBODY believed me. Hopefully they’ll be able to fit her with a “cover”

  • Anna

    kalvonel Says:

    OMG!!!!! Thank you! I saw this on discovery at least a decade ago and NOBODY believed me. Hopefully they’ll be able to fit her with a “cover”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What kind of “cover”? A patch so she can’t see out of the eye restored? Is our sociey so shallow? Do looks really come before intelligence or can some ppl have both? Plaease don’t start a beef I am only asking a ?

  • http://smokiesays.blogspot.com/ Smokie

    Geez…her eye will be covered with an EYE. I’m sure she’d take it AS IS though.

    “The photo of Mrs. Thornton shows the eye as it looks with the oral tissue and tooth laid over her eye with the cylinder lens protruding out of the center. Later a prosthetic eye shell will cover her left eye and give it a completely normal appearance.”

    I’m so happy for this lady.

  • aqtpie

    That picture caught me off guard but thank GOD she can see again!!!