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A tooth for an eye!

Doctors in Miami have used a woman’s tooth to help restore her vision, the Los Angeles Times reports. A canine tooth and bone were used as an anchor for an artificial cornea.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2009 12:33 IST

Doctors in Miami have used a woman’s tooth to help restore her vision, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sharon Thornton, 60, could not undergo a cornea transplant, as a disease destroyed tissue in her left eye. To overcome this, surgeons cut a canine tooth and bone out of her upper jaw and used them as an anchor for an artificial cornea.

The artificial cornea was aligned with the center of her retina. A hole was then made in the membrane, taken from her cheek. It covered the affected eye.

Now, Thornton has sight in both eyes for the first time since 2000.