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Last night’s episode of Bones gave us another fascinating case and introduced many of us to a rare, yet interesting way doctors are able to restore some blind patients’ sight. On Bones, the squints found a tooth embedded in the victim’s shoulder. They realized that the blind victim was in the process of undergoing a series of surgeries to restore his sight.
Of course, the idea of using a tooth to make a blind man see again was a seriously amazing thing to even consider. So I went searching for more information about it.
The procedure has been successfully used before, but it involves a number of steps to complete the process. The process is known as modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (MOOKP) and is considered as a last resort when the patient’s body rejects a transplanted or artificial cornea.
The victim on last night’s episode of Bones had undergone only the first stage of preparing the tooth to contain a lens that would later be implanted in the eye of the blind man. The talented writing team for the show used the latest medical news to add just the right touch to the case the team solved.
If you want to find out more about the procedure, there’s a lengthy article located on the Medical News Today web site.