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Bariatric surgery patients have increasingly found relief from weight loss surgery, but researchers are indicating that there is also a risk of nutrient deficiency. Due to the nature of the surgery, nutrients are not as readily absorbed. Recently, researchers have identified a risk for vision related complications increasing among the patient population.
Weight loss surgery affects the normal digestive processes decreasing absorption of vitamins and minerals. Nutrients such as vitamins A, E, and B1, and copper affect the normal functioning of the optic system and are of particular concern to researchers. This deficiency can result in a variety of eye conditions including night blindness, ulcers, scarring, involuntary movement, paralysis, dry eye, and changes to the cornea.
Though there have been few cases reported linking these eye complications to vitamin deficiency among bariatric surgery patients, there is a noted increased risk. Researchers are urging that those patients supplement intake of vitamins and minerals, and maintain regular physician visits to assess nutrient levels and vision.