An Eye(tooth) for an Eye

A Mississippi woman can watch TV or read a book through her tooth.

The WSJ Health Blog reports:

The procedure was developed in Italy in 1963 and has been used successfully in Europe and Japan, according to the Miami Herald. It’s a last-ditch procedure for people with problems with their cornea — where the lens would normally sit — because of trauma, corneal disease or scarring, but whose optic nerve and structures beneath the cornea are still healthy.

The patient’s eyetooth (as a canine tooth from the upper jaw is called) was selected because it had a decent amount of jawbone and ligament attached, which are essential for the tooth to heal into the eye after implantation, notes the Herald.

My question is, if this has been used in Europe and Japan for over 40 years, why is it just now coming to the U.S.?

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