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Keratomalacia

(Xerotic Keratitis; Xerophthalmia)

By

Melvin I. Roat

, MD, FACS, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Medically Reviewed Aug 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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Keratomalacia is degeneration of the cornea caused by nutritional deficiency.

Lack of tears causes extreme dryness of the eyes, and foamy spots appear on the temporal and often nasal bulbar conjunctiva (Bitot spots). Night blindness may occur.

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

Drug Name Select Trade
A Mulsin, Aquasol A, Dofsol-A
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