3 September 2019

Teenager ‘blind’ from living off crisps and chips

Our Clinical Adviser comments on the story about a teenager ‘blind’ from living off crisps and chips.

You may have read a recent BBC News article (3 September 2019) highlighting the case of a teenager diagnosed with a condition called nutritional optic neuropathy, resulting in sight loss. Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser at The College of Optometrists explains “Nutritional optic neuropathy is a very rare condition and is treatable if diagnosed early. The College would always recommend a balanced diet, including a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, to support both general health and eye health. There is no strong clinical evidence available on the effect of diet on more common conditions such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract.”

If you have concerns about your eyesight, please visit your local optometrist.

Related further reading

Clinical Adviser for the College Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom on how to ensure a sustainable optometry workforce.

Clinical case studies can make a small but important contribution to the sum of clinical knowledge. Why do we need them, asks Kim Thomas, and how do you write one?

The College’s Clinical Editor, Jane Veys MCOptom, on rabbits in the headlights and royally good handovers