Keratomalacia

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Keratomalacia is an eye disorder which occurs due to a lack of vitamin A. Symptoms include night blindness, dry eyes, bitot spots, and blindness. Children with Keratomalacia are more likely to go blind than adults. Bitot spots are white or grey spots that occur on the whites of the eyes. Keratomalacia usually effects both eyes but not always. Keratomalacia is more commonly found in developing countries where foods with a lot of Vitamin A are not eaten regularly. Foods with a lot of Vitamin A include dairy, sweet potatoes, carrots, and fish. Keratomalacia can also happen when there are stomach or intestinal problems stopping absorption, storage or transport of Vitamin A. Treatment includes vitamin A supplementation depending on severity. Always speak with your doctor about the best personal plan of action.

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