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Vitamin A Deficiency
Eye Disorders & Problems
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BITOT'S SPOTS DESCRIPTION
VITAMIN A NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY
Xerophthalmia is a major cause of blindness in children in Africa and Latin America. It is a major cause of preventable blindness in children the world over and still remains a problem in the developing countries. In India alone, there are over 200,000 children blinded from this condition. It is most commonly occurs in children during the ages of 3 to 6 years of age. It is an inflammation of the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) that is associated with nutritional deficiency resulting in general malnutrition, diarrhea and especially a deficiency of Vitamin A.
A deficiency of Vitamin A weakens the cornea and if caught before the cornea is perforated, high doses of Vitamin A and a change in diet can prevent further damage and allow the eye to heal. If discovered too late, the child will be permanently blind.
Night blindness may occur and is often an early manifestation of the disorder. The conjunctiva and the cornea becomes dry (Xerosis) with the development of characteristic triangular or oval spots, called Bitot's Spots. Bitot's spots are distinct elevated white patches on the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers most of the visible part of the eye. They may signify a severe deficiency of vitamin A.
Although xerophthalmia is most prevalent with children, it can also occur in adults with severe malnutrition or in other health problems in which lack of Vitamin A in their diets is a factor.
BITOT'S SPOTS FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Night blindness is an early manifestation. Later, there is drying - xerosis - of the conjunctiva with the development of characteristic oval or triangular spots - Bitot's spots.
Xerosis of the cornea is seen initially as a mild haziness inferiorly. This is followed by corneal ulceration with full thickness dissolution known as keratomalacia - there may be extrusion of the intraocular contents.
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SIGNS OF VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY
Vitamin A deficiency results in atrophy and keratinisation of epithelium, leading to:
- Dry skin and hair.
- Increased incidence of ear, sinus, respiratory, urinary, and digestive infection.
- Inability to gain weight.
- Drying of the cornea with ulceration - xerophthalmia.
- Nervous disorders.
- Skin sores.
- There may be night blindness or decreased ability for dark adaptation.
BITOT'S SPOTS TREATMENT
Topical antibiotics are given to prevent secondary bacterial infection. Keratomalacia is irreversible and causes permanent corneal scarring.
DIET & NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS
Vitamin A therapy and a Protein enhanced diet are essential.
Dietary supplements rich in Vitamin A and/or Beta Carotene should be provided in high risk areas to prevent the condition.
High doses of vitamin A should be avoided during pregnancy because the risk of vitamin A embryopathy. Vitamin A dosages should not exceed 10,000 IU Vitamin A if you are pregnant.
VITAMIN A & PREGNANCY
There is concern that excessive quantities of vitamin A may have a teratogenic effect. Two metabolites (trans-retinoic acid - RA, tretinoin, and 13-cis retinoic acid - CRA, isotretinoin) are believed to be responsible for this.
There are no convincing cases of a fetus being deformed as a result of excessive vitamin A intake from food, however, pregnant women have been warned against eating liver.
Women can be assured that eating a balanced diet which does not include liver will provide an adequate vitamin A intake. Beta Carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A and is a safer choice for higher dosages. It does not have the toxic side effects encountered with excessive doses of Vitamin A. See MoonDragon's Nutritional Pages for more information about pregnancy and nutrition.
There is no reason to change the normal provision of vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy, under the supervision of a health care provider or a midwife, provided women are advised of the importance of keeping to the recommended dose.
There have been reports of undesirable side-effects following massive doses of vitamin A supplements in infancy.
Increase your intake of vitamin A. See Vitamin A, Beta Carotene & Carotene Complex for more information about using these vitamin supplements.
Avoid eyestrain and smoke-filled rooms.
Drink fresh Carrot juice. This can help to prevent or alleviate some eye problems. Taking two tablespoons of Cod Liver Oil daily can also be helpful. Both are rich in vitamin A.
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Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Important Vitamin A
For Therapeutic Beta Carotene: 100,000 IU daily for 2 weeks, then 50,000 IU daily for 1 month, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily.
For Vitamin A: 25,000 IU for 2 weeks, then 15,000 IU daily for 1 month, then reduce to 10,000 IU dialy.
If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily Vitamin A.
For Carotene Complex: As directed on label.
Aids in dissolution of Bitot's spots, which may be caused by a vitamin A deficiency. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Lutein As directed on label. Lutein can help protect the retina from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals. Needed for all eye disorders. Zeaxanthin As directed on label. Needed for all eye disorders.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If You or a family member are having problems with vision and/or you suspect a vitamin A deficiency. You have any increase of symptoms. You have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. There may be underlying health issues that need to be addressed. Vitamin A toxicity is a potential problem when using high doses of vitamin A. If you are pregnant, do not exceed recommended dosages. You should have your eyesight checked regularly by your health care provider to rule out any problems and to receive a prescription for contacts or eyeglasses, if they are needed. Preserve you vision... it is very important.
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MoonDragon's Nutrition Guidelines & Index
EYE CARE SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Information, supplements and products for Bitot's sposts, which are superficial, irregularly-shaped foamy gray or white patches that appear on the conjuctiva, the membrane that covers most of the eyeball.
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