Rare tooth-in-the-eye surgery enables Bengaluru woman to regain vision

A 35-year-old woman from Bengaluru was suffering from corneal blindness in both eyes for nearly a decade. Now thanks to a unique surgery, she has recovered her vision. The surgery involved inserting a tooth into both her corneas.

The unique surgery is called tooth-in-the-eye or Modified Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis (MOOKP). It was done by a team of corneal surgeons, dentists and anesthetists from the well known Sankara Eye Hospital.

The woman had lost her vision due to a drug reaction. She also suffered from severe dry eyes.

In the surgery, the patient’s own tooth was harvested and made into an optical cylinder. This was later inserted into the cornea of both her eyes. The eyes were then covered with an overlying membrane. Light passes through this cylinder. This allows the patient to visualize objects.

The total procedure took nine months to complete. It involved three surgeries with three months between each of them. At the end of the final procedure, the patient had regained 80% of her functional vision.

She is delighted that she is able to perform her daily activities independently after nearly 10 years.

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