Nutritional amblyopia combined with night blindness

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We report the case of an 18-year-old male who developed both nutritional amblyopia and night blindness. After nearly a lifetime of consuming a bizarre diet limited to French fries, pretzels, crackers, and carbonated sodas, he had a relatively sudden onset of night blindness and bilateral visual loss. The night blindness resolved after taking daily oral vitamin A supplements. Visual acuity gradually improved from light perception, both eyes, to 20/20 right eye and 20/25 left eye after multivitamin supplementation and vitamin B12 injections. The patient had bilateral optic atrophy and bilateral ring scotomas around a small area of fixation. The patient was unable to modify his diet despite professional advice and counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-391
Number of pages3
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


  • B complex vitamins
  • Night blindness
  • Nutritional amblyopia
  • Vitamin A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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