Routine vitamin A supplementation for the prevention of blindness due to measles infection in children.

Added October 14, 2019

Citation: Bello S., Meremikwu M.M., Ejemot‐Nwadiaro R.I., et al. Routine vitamin A supplementation for the prevention of blindness due to measles infection in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD007719. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007719.pub4.

The authors did not find any trials assessing whether or not vitamin A supplementation in children with measles prevents blindness, as neither study reported blindness or other ocular morbidities as end points.

Reduced vitamin A concentration increases the risk of blindness in children infected with the measles virus. Promoting vitamin A supplementation in children with measles contributes to the control of blindness in children, which is a high priority within the World Health Organization’s VISION 2020 The Right to Sight Program. This review assesses the efficacy of vitamin A in preventing blindness in children with measles without prior clinical features of vitamin A deficiency.

 

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