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Woman Regains Sight After Losing it To Stevens-Johnson Syndrome for Nearly a Decade, MS


News of science and technology is often surprising. The things we can accomplish with progress in both medicine and technology is often quite amazing. One instance of this is a new procedure that literally restores sight to the blind.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), an immune complex mediated hypersensitivity disorder, has been known to cause blindness in those who suffer from it. Kay Thorton from Amite County, MS has suffered from SJS almost her entire life, reports WLBT 3 a local NBC affiliate in MS.

An article featured on WLBT’s website describes her joy as she regains her sight after losing it to SJS for nearly a decade.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome & Blindness

How can Stevens-Johnson Syndrome result in blindness? SJS has been linked to many drugs people take everyday. In rare conditions, taking these drugs leads to SJS, see previous post.

Typically, SJS causes swelling, blistering, and sores. These skin symptoms can be thought of as primary symptoms of SJS. Blindness has resulted in several cases where the coupling of these primary symptoms and SJS itself leads to blindness.

Miraculous Treatment

Kay Thorton is one of those rare individuals that have suffered blindness as a result of SJS. After being blind for nearly a decade, she was approached about a rare procedure that could possibly restore her sight.

This revolutionary surgical technique seems bizarre but works. Doctors extracted Thorton’s canine tooth, fitted it with a prosthetic lens and then implanted it into her eye. The canine tooth, often referred to as the eye tooth, has similar properties and attributes of the eye.

Thorton’s procedure was the first to take place in America. Her progress will be monitored as she recovers to discover is this treatment could be used for others.

“I can see. Thank God I can see,” said Thorton to WLBT News. We hope the best for her and her family as she recovers.

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