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Could my night blindness be due to a malabsorption of vitamin a?

Could my night blindness be due to a malabsorption of vitamin a?

Night blindness: True night blindness or nyctalopia (from greek ????-, nykt- "night"; and ?????, alaos "blindness") is a condition making it difficult or impossible to see in relatively low light. It is a symptom of several eye diseases. Night blindness may exist from birth, or be caused by malnutrition (for example, a lack of vitamin a). Blood levels can be determined with normal range from 50 to 200 mcg/dcl. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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Question about going blind. Do vitamins really prevent macular degeneration?

Question about going blind. Do vitamins really prevent macular degeneration?

In some: For people who have macular degeneration of intermediate or high risk of progression (something your eye doctor can determine by exam), than the areds formula of vitamins has been proven to decrease the risk of severe vision loss by 25%. For those with mild findings, only a family history of amd but a normal exam and the general public, the eye vitamins have not been proven beneficial. ...Read more

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What can cause disneiness and temporary blindness happens in the morning vitamin K deficency?

What can cause disneiness and temporary blindness happens in the morning vitamin K deficency?

Get check up!: You need to go over what's happening with your doctor. It sounds like you may be having low blood pressure if this happens when you get out of bed. But i'm not sure based on the info in your question. Anytime you have ongoing dizziness, and episodes of blindness (!), you must be seen! ...Read more

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Effects of vitamin a deficiency & night blindness?

Effects of vitamin a deficiency & night blindness?

Rare: It take an extraordinary elimination diet to get vitamin a levels low enough to affect vision in the first world. The only known cases in such circumstances have been those on extreme diets such as all polished rice for over a year. There; are causes for night blindness. Which your ophthalmologist can diagnose, but vitamin a deficiency is unlikely. ...Read more

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Brief-Night blindness. I have night blindness problem. I'm using -2 power glass. I take vitamin A Capsule.If I lasik will recover my those problems?

Brief-Night blindness.
I have night blindness problem. I'm using -2 power glass. I take vitamin A Capsule.If I lasik will recover my those problems?

No change in night: vision can be expected with Lasix surgery. Lasix surgery may clear the refractory problem so that glasses may not be necessary, and this can be determined by a consultation with an opthalmologist. Some condtions such as astigmatism are not as easily corrected with Lasix. ...Read more

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How can I treat a vitamin a deficiency, night blindness, xerophthalmia, and follicular keratosis?

How can I treat a vitamin a deficiency, night blindness, xerophthalmia, and follicular keratosis?

Look for cause: If you're eating a varied diet and are not restricting yellow vegetables, it is surprising that you are vitamin A deficient. You may want to be evaluated for malabsorption. ...Read more

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I have frequents headaches, I went to the eye doctor since I'm almost blind to find out if my eyes where the cause and twice the answer was no. My regular docor did blood test on me and the inly thing that came up inrregular was Vitamin D defficiency whic

I have frequents headaches, I went to the eye doctor since I'm almost blind to find out if my eyes where the cause and twice the answer was no. My regular docor did blood test on me and the inly thing that came up inrregular was Vitamin D defficiency whic

D def possible cause: I recommend a neurologiy consult to evaluate headaches. We have learned much about vitamin D function irecently-- important in many metabolic pathways. Replenishing adipose tissue stores must occur before serum levels rise, sometimes taking more than 6 months. The morbidly obese may need 3 times the usual dose. 10,000 iu Vit D3 caps are inexpensive. Do not sunbathe! Unnecessary and carcinogenic ...Read more

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Fat malabsorption and malabsorption of vitamin d?

Fat malabsorption and malabsorption of vitamin d?

Vitamin D: Vitamins a, d, e and k are fat soluble. Vitamin d is largely photosynthesized by uv light. Fat malabsorption can contribute to vitamin d deficiency. Low vitamin d affects calcium absorption from the gut and kidney. ...Read more

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Would gastritis cause malabsorption of vitamins, such as D, B12?

Would gastritis cause malabsorption of vitamins, such as D, B12?

Gastritis: Certain forms of gastritis destroy cells that secrete intrinsic factor which is essential for absorption of vitamin B12. This can also alter th pH in the GI tract and influence other functions. Vit D is a fat soluble vitamin that is not dependent on the stomach for absorption. ...Read more

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If I have a malabsorption issue with vitamins B6 and b2 only, . How likely is this caused by a parasite?

If I have a malabsorption issue with vitamins B6 and b2 only, . How likely is this caused by a parasite?

Unusual...: To malabsorb only 2 b vitamins, especially those 2 (pyridoxine and riboflavin). Generally would be with malabsorption of lots more. Parasites can sometimes cause malabsorption, but not simply of those 2. ...Read more

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Can lactose intolerance cause malabsorption in other vitamins, minerals and nutrients?

Can lactose intolerance cause malabsorption in other vitamins, minerals and nutrients?

Usually not!: Diarrhea is not a common problem with lactose intolerance, but does occur. It is conceivable that micronutrients such as zinc may not be absorbed. This is rare. More commonly, bloating, gas, and cramping occur. Is would be very unusual to have malnutrition secondary to lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Frequency of injectable vitamin D3 6 lacs im who has malabsorption syndrome and vit D3 level 9 ng/ml ?

Frequency of injectable vitamin D3 6 lacs im who has malabsorption syndrome and vit D3 level 9 ng/ml ?

Need blood test: The dose of vit d3 needed varies from person to person and needs a repeat blood test to confirm what dose you may need. Since vit d3 is stored in fat, the frequency is not as important as the dose given. ...Read more

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Other than malabsorption, what is another reason why I am anemic and vitamin d deficient?

Other than malabsorption, what is another reason why I am anemic and vitamin d deficient?

Lack of sun ;...: There are many possible causes of anemia- see https://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/anemia/causes.Html vit d deficiency occurs in almost everyone who does not take enough in fall ; winter when the sun isn't high enough to allow us to produce d (unless you live in the tropics). Adults need 5000-8000 iu/day of d3 for optimal levels. See http://bit.Ly/1dc7vna ; http://bit.Ly/166dliq. ...Read more

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If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?

If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?

Vit D malais: 53 M of unknown ethnicity from UK asks "if my severe Vit D was caused by malabsorption would oral D work". ANS; yes it you can correct cause of malabsorption or take in enough to overcome the malabsorb problem. Talk with your team there who know you best. ...Read more

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I have been really tired and I think I am depressed! I have very low levels of Vitamin D and my doctor thinks I might have malabsorption?

I have been really tired and I think I am depressed! I have very low levels of Vitamin D and my doctor thinks I might have malabsorption?

Vitamin D: Deficiency can be a cause for depressive symptoms. It will take a while to normalize Vitamin D levels. In meantime consider therapy and possibly psychotropic medications. Take care. ...Read more

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I had a stool test and it was negative. My doctor thinks I might have malabsorption which is causing my Vitamin D. What next steps would be recommende?

I had a stool test and it was negative. My doctor thinks I might have malabsorption which is causing my Vitamin D. What next steps would be recommende?

Vit D supplements: Are you having GI or bone sx? Renal problem? Have you had supplements and remain low? Studies have shown that over 70% of those living in the northern states have low Vit D due to lack of sun exposure in colder months and low milk intake. I have found that true in my practice in Upstate NY. ...Read more

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I have malabsorption because of mesenteric ischemia/pancreatic insuf. I have vitamin d deficency are there other vitamins I should be tested for?

I have malabsorption because of mesenteric ischemia/pancreatic insuf.  I have vitamin d deficency are there other vitamins I should be tested for?

B vitamins: You may also have trouble actually absorbing any of your vitamins. There is a lab that tests for all vitamins, their name is spectracell, you should find a doctor who uses that and see if you can have your nutritional status tests. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


Malabsorption (Definition)

Inadequate digestion of fat, carbohydrate and protein absorption. Sx are lbm, abdominal bloating , gas ...Read more