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Blind woman's tooth helps her see again

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Posted: Sep 17, 2009 10:59 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Sep 17, 2009 11:08 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: blind, tooth, woman, Mississippi, surgery, eye, cornea

After nine years of blindness, a Mississippi woman can now see after surgeons used one of her teeth to repair her eye.

Doctors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute used the tooth to build a structure that allows a small tube to bring light rays into her eye. They say it's the first time the procedure has been used in the U.S.

Kay Thornton now has 20-70 vision. Doctors are hopeful the same technique can help U.S. soldiers who've been blinded in battle.

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