What have you seen that made you think, 'Wait they can actually do that?'?
Answered by: Peter Spering,Risk Analyst
An eye for an eye, no sorry, a tooth for an eye…
Martin Jones had been left blind for over a decade when a tub of white hot aluminium exploded in his face at the scrapyard where he worked, and he never thought that he would get to see Gill, the woman he married a number of years after the accident.
Then in 2009, Martin underwent a revolutionary operation carried out in the one place in the UK that offered it — the Sussex Eye Clinic.
The procedure saw a minute section of his tooth removed, reshaped and chiselled through to grip a man-made lens, and was then placed in its core before being implanted under his eyelid, where it became covered in tissue. After that, a patch of skin was taken from the inside of his cheek and placed in the eye for two months, where it gradually acquired its own blood supply. The tooth segment was then transplanted into the eye socket, the flap of grafted skin partially lifted from the eye and placed over its new sturdy base, before surgeons finally cut a hole in the grafted cornea to let light through. Et voila, the sight in his right eye was restored.
Martin noted that the first car he saw after his sight returned was a Smart car, and having never seen one before, laughed because he thought it looked like it’d been cut in half.