Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis or "tooth in eye" surgery for short is a procedure in which an individual's tooth is combined the skin from his or her cheek to create a manmade lense which will restore vision.
To begin, the patient's tooth is extracted along with part of the jaw bone, chiseled into a square and hole is drilled in the middle. The tooth is then combined with a manmade tube and implanted into the cheek or chest for two to four months in order to allow the damaged tissue around the tooth to heel. A patch of skin from inside the patient's cheek is taken and placed over the eye.
After two to four months, the tooth composite is lifted from the cheek and placed into the eye socket. The patient should now be able to see, but it will take a couple of weeks for his or her eyesight to stabilize.
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