The unidentified patient first reported fatigue to doctors when he was 14 years old. He eats "pretty much the same" as before his vision and hearing loss; he eats junk and more junk, his mother said. They tried hard to introduce vegetables and fruit to his diet.
The University of Bristol researchers who examined the case recommend clinicians consider nutritional optic neuropathy in any patients with unexplained vision symptoms and poor diet, regardless of BMI, to avoid permanent vision loss.
By 15, the boy started to experience vision loss, and, by 17, he was deemed legally blind.
TAYLOR: Optic neuropathy is an inflammation of the optic nerve that carries information from your eyes to your brain.
British Teenager Goes Blind After Only Eating Junk Food
A TEENAGER has been left blind and partially deaf as a result of his decade-long diet of chips, sausages and crisps. He had also developed a reduced bone mineral density level, and had high levels of zinc and low levels of copper, selenium and vitamin D. He was prescribed injections of B12 and was given advice on how to eat a proper diet. She has said that the condition has "devastated his life". That paltry collection of foodstuffs made up the entirety of his diet since primary school, when he was allowed to say he didn't enjoy the "textures" of fresh food and allowed to indulge in the freaky eating regime, simply rebranding himself as a "fussy eater" to get away with it. A young patient in the United Kingdom says in elementary school he began subsisting on a narrow range of food-potato chips (mostly Pringles), french fries, white bread, and sliced ham and sausage, reports CNN.
"This case highlights the impact of diet on visual and physical health, and the fact that calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of nutritional status", Dr. Denize Atan, the study's lead author and a consultant senior lecturer in Ophthalmology at Bristol Medical School, said in a statement. "It can be reversed with better nutrition", notes McLaughlin, "However, improvement is seen on a case by case basis". The condition causes hypersensitivity to the texture and taste of many foods, which caused some of the teen's early dietary habits, doctors said.
Doctors said that he had developed an avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, which stopped him from eating certain nutritious foods.
Despite the damage caused by his diet, the teen is still living primarily off junk food.
It's always important to pay attention to the fat and sugar content in snacks - even if they're labelled "healthy" or "diet" to ensure both you and your grandchildren are eating a balanced diet. It expanded on what was previously known as "feeding disorder of infancy or early childhood".More news: SAPS confirms return of kidnapped girl Amy-Lee
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