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Gastric Bypass Complication: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Could Lead to Lack of Vitamins

Eye Chart Nowadays, gastric bypass surgery is a popular way to help obese people lose weight and keep it off. But, if you're considering this procedure, here's something to keep in mind.

According to a report published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, you could have problems with a vitamin A deficiency. Normal vitamin A levels are required for appropriate functioning of our immune system, skin, retina, and ocular surface. Without adequate levels of vitamin A in the body, serious systemic consequences can occur, including significant ophthalmic complications leading to potential vision loss and ultimate blindness if the deficiency is not recognised and corrected.

A specialist eye clinic in the UK found that three patients who had extensive intestinal surgery between 20 and 35 years earlier were experiencing increasingly poor eyesight.

Medical experts found that the patients had a vitamin A deficiency, despite them having taken supplements. After two of the patients agreed to vitamin A injections, their vision improved within days.

The trouble, say researchers, is that the increase in popularity of this type of procedure could make vitamin A deficiency increasingly common and it's an essential vitamin for eyesight.

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