Category: Illness or disabilities



Introduction and description


Xerophthalmia is estimated to affect 5 million children each year. It is a medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears.  It is thus a symptom not a cause.


Xerophthalmia results in dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea. The conjunctiva becomes dry, thick and wrinkled. If untreated, it can lead to corneal ulceration and ultimately to blindness as a result of corneal damage.

Cause and treatment

Xerophthalmia is caused by a severe vitamin A deficiency .

The treatment is thus clearly to eat more foods which contain Vitamin A [NOT supplements].



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