A blind father-of-two has seen his twin sons’ faces for the first time after a surgeon restored his sight – using one of his teeth.
Ian Tibbetts, 43, first damaged his eye 16 years ago when a piece of scrap metal from an oven struck him in the right eye – ripping his cornea in six places.
The wound healed but he suffered more problems and eventually lost the sight in his right eye in 1998.
And just a year later, the former forklift truck driver had lost nearly all the remaining vision in his left eye.
Before the pioneering surgery, Mr Tibbetts had never seen his four-year-old twins Callum and Ryan’s faces – instead seeing them as blurry shapes.
Mr Tibbetts, who lives in Telford, Shropshire, with his wife Alex, 35, and their twin boys, agreed to have the revolutionary surgery other all other treatments failed.
The procedure – called Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis (OOKP) – involves the reconstruction of a new eye using a tiny plastic lens and one of the patient’s own teeth.
The lens is inserted into a hole drilled through the tooth, which is later implanted in the eye.