some_text

Fussy Diet causes blindness

October 16, 2016

A diet of hot chips, Coke, and little else nearly blinded Australian, Cian Moore.

His mum, Kerry Moore, had tried ophthalmologists and pediatricians in an attempt to find the cause of her son’s increasing blindness.

Nobody had an answer.

Then Moore’s parents saw  Sydney ophthalmologist Stephanie Watson. She diagnosed him with vitamin A deficiency.

 

Since he was five or six, Cian’s fussy eating habits – nothing except chicken, potatoes, dry bread and Coke – had left him so malnourished he was going blind.

Watson had become familiar with the phenomenon from her time working in Kenya as a medical student, and it was the fourth case she had encountered in Australia.

 

But often the cases were missed because the patients did not look skinny or malnourished.

Vitamin A deficiency is the most common form of malnutrition leading to blindness worldwide, but it is rare in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Cian, now 16, took heavy doses of Vitamin A for a few days and started drinking vitamin shakes regularly.

The vision in his right eye has almost completely recovered, but the damage to his left eye is permanent.

He has also started to eat his vegetables!

Sub Editor

About Sub Editor

Hi, my name is Rachel. I am the chief editors better half. I am a part-time pharmacist, full time mum of three kids. I love running, going to the gym and crafts.


Add your thoughts on this article

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.

13 comments

by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest
1

Oh no i will have to stop eating pizza 🙁

2

so everyone it is good to eat your vegtables see

3

So sad 🙁

4

Really I never knew that

5

That would be annoying

6

That is quite sad but I am happy to hear that Cian is recovering well, best wishes for all.

7

thats so sad 🙁

8

thats so sad

9

DON'T DRINK TO MUCH COKE

10

My friend is fussy like that, I hope she doesn't go blind

11

this can't be true

12

Hope his vision cleared up.

13

Oh no im a fussy eater!

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • Kiwi Kids News

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com