What new discoveries are helping blind people see again?

One new cutting edge vision procedure involves implanting the eye tooth in the eye as a way of holding a prosthetic lens. Performed at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the procedure was first developed in Italy and has been shown as a treatment for end-stage corneal disease. With this end-stage eye disease, corneal scarring blocks the person’s vision. Corneal transplants are not an option for end-stage corneal disease even though the eye’s optic nerve and other internal structures are healthy.

After a series of preparatory procedures that last several months and include shaving of the bone and skin grafts, the tooth, bone, and prosthesis are implanted in the center of the eye. The prosthesis is aligned directly with the center of the eye, allowing light to enter the eye and resulting in vision once again.

The procedure, called the MOOKP technique, is now being used for other people suffering with vision loss who need a corneal transplant.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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