06.01.2015

Vitamin A deficiency "can cause infant vision loss"

Vitamin A deficiency "can cause infant vision loss"

Vitamin deficiency resulting from weight loss surgery may cause vision loss in infants, according to a new study.

Research carried out by a team of experts at Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Children"s Hospital and Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, shows that women who undergo the surgery may be placing their newborns at risk if they go on to have children.

It comes after an article published in a recent issue of the Journal of AAPOS, the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, where a group of Australian clinicians reported on a child who was born blind as a result of Vitamin A deficiency caused by his mother"s obesity surgery.

Lead investigator Dr Glen Gole said the mother"s description of night blindness, recurrent low vitamin A levels during the pregnancy and demonstrated vitamin A deficiency in the neonate supported deficiency as the cause.

"This case illustrates that vitamin A is very important for normal eye development in the foetus, particularly for pregnant women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery in order to improve their fertility," he explained.

by Emily Tait


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