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Limited Diet Leads to Boy’s Vision Loss

A highly restrictive diet that was limited to potatoes, pork, lamb, apples, cucumbers and Cheerios led to an 11-year-old boy’s severe vision loss, according to a report of the boy’s case.

None of those foods is a good source of vitamin A, and indeed, when doctors tested the boy’s blood to measure levels of the vitamin, they found that he was severely deficient in vitamin A, according to the report, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics in October 2017.

Vitamin A is essential for vision because it helps certain cells in the eyes function properly. Without enough of the vitamin, a person can develop severely dry eyes and a buildup of material on the outer covering of the eyes. Vitamin A deficiency can also lead to problems in the retina, which is home to light-sensing cells that make vision possible.

To treat the vitamin deficiency, doctors gave the boy “megadoses” of vitamin A intravenously. The appearance of his eyes improved significantly, but his vision may be permanently damaged, according to the report. By Sara G. Miller, Staff Writer, livescience.com  

Are you and your kids eating foods with vitamin A?  


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Dr. Bonnin grew up in Appleton, WI and attended University of Wisconsin before heading off to Texas for his Optometry degree. Dr. Bonnin received his Optometry degree in 1974 from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He returned to Wisconsin to build his private practice in Manitowoc. In 1984 he moved to Arizona and continued to expand his practice where he kept busy with three offices. Dr. Bonnin has spent the last ten years with Costco at Spectrum Mall and in September of 2009 moved to open with the new Costco optometry office at Paradise Valley Mall. Dr. Bonnin has extensive experience in adult and pediatric eye care. He fits specialty glasses and contacts on a daily basis. Dr. Bonnin can provide the best care using the most state-of-the art technology available in vision health care. His experience with bi-focals, mono-vision (one contact lens), astigmatism and contacts after refractive surgery offers his patients the optimum in vision solutions. Dr. Bonnin diagnoses and treats eye infections and other eye irritants such as allergies, styes, pink eye, dry eyes, corneal abrasions, and minor foreign body removal. He will prescribe medication for infections and allergies as well.