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Sharron Thornton, 60, who has been blind for nearly nine years, underwent a first-of-its-kind surgery at the University of Miami  that allowed her to regain useful vision in her eyes, and doctors used her tooth to make it all happen. The procedure, called modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis, implants the patient's tooth in the eye to securely hold a prosthetic lens. The surgery is usually recommended in only the most extreme cases when the eye is not a candidate for cornea replacement or some other type of corrective surgery. "We take sight for granted, not realizing that it can be lost at any moment," Thornton said. "This truly is a miracle." UM said  the procedure has never been performed in the United States. It was performed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The name of the tooth that's selected is called the eyetooth because it's located directly under the eye. Doctors said you can't see the tooth in the eye because it is covered by other layers, but the tooth keeps the lens stable and bonds it with the rest of the healthy parts of the eye. Science fiction to us, but a miracle to Thornton and her family...17 September 2009: Universal News and Sport (Scotland)/NBC.All pictures must be credited to  www.universalnewsandsport.com.(0ffice) 0844 884 51 22.(Universal News does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Any downloading fee charged by Universal News and Sport is for Universal News services only. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder). .
Sharron Thornton, 60, who has been blind for nearly nine years, underwent a first-of-its-kind surgery at the University of Miami that allowed her to regain useful vision in her eyes, and doctors used her tooth to make it all happen. The procedure, called modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis, implants the patient's tooth in the eye to securely hold a prosthetic lens. The surgery is usually recommended in only the most extreme cases when the eye is not a candidate for cornea replacement or...
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