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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who was nearly blinded in an accident has undergone an 18th surgery to partially restore sight in one of his eyes.

Surgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Callahan Eye Hospital on Thursday removed silicone oil that was inserted into Cameron Stovall's left eye after he was wounded by shotgun pellets during an April 2014 hunting trip.

Stovall's right eye was removed and Dr. Robert Morris says his left eye was salvaged despite it being pierced by a pellet.

Early light perception tests indicated that Stovall would be unlikely to see again. However, surgeons restored some of his vision after exploring his eye and implanting an artificial cornea.

Morris says he hopes more surgeons look beyond light tests to determine whether injured eyes can be saved.

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