The effect of vitamin a supplementation on tear fluid retinol levels of marginally nourished preschool children

Eric J. van Agtmaal, Martin W. Bloem, Andries J. Speek, Sastri Saowakontha, Wil H.P. Schreurs, Nicolaas J. van Haeringen

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Vitamin A has been determined in tear fluid and blood plasma of marginally nourished Thai children before and after supplementation with a single, oral dose of 110 mg retinyl palmitate. After two months a significant rise of tear fluid retinol levels of the supplemented group was observed as compared to the non-supplemented group, while after four months no difference could be found. Determination of vitamin A levels in tear fluid may be useful in clinical eye research, with special regard to xerophthalmia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Eye Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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