Blind man sees wife first time in decades after tooth was inserted into his eyes
A 72 year old blind man who damaged his right eye in a childhood accident, and gradually lost vision in the other eye because of herpes simplex virus, has been able to see his wife for the first time after he had a groundbreaking surgery that required one of his own tooth be inserted into his eye.
Goulburn man John Ings, 72, described his vision as ‘a dirty window’ before the surgery to 60 Minutes on Sunday evening. And said he was looking forward to seeing his wife, Berry to see if she still looks as beautiful as ever.
With the help of oral and maxillofacial specialist, Dr Shannon Webber and oculoplastic surgeon, Dr Greg Moloney, had the surgery which took place in four parts.
The amazing procedure saw a lens inserted into one of his teeth, which was extracted and then placed into his cheek so tissue would grow around it, enabling its own blood supply.
Days after the final procedure, Mr Ings’ his bandages were opened to test his vision. A heartwarming footage filmed by 60 Minutes shows Mr Ings look at his wife for the first time in a very long time as the pair burst into sobs with happiness.
After some time, Mrs Ings leans back and asks her husband: ‘Well? What do you see?’
Mr Ings answers with just one word: ‘Gorgeous.’