Research Connects Eye Health and Vitamin ANew research shows that a Vitamin A analog may help scientists develop effective treatments for vision loss associated with early diabetic retinopathy. The study indicates that chromophore 9-cis-retinal can dramatically improve visual function in mice with diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that can result in vision loss from damage to the blood vessels in a person's retina. However, people with diabetes can still experience visual impairment without any apparent blood vessel damage.
The findings, published in The American Journal of Pathology, show that early changes in vision in diabetes are probably caused by vitamin A deficiency in the retina.
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Vitamin A may help treat early vision loss in diabetes