Sowmya Raveendra Murthy1* and Nitya Raghu2
1Consultant, Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, India
2DNB Student, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, India
*Corresponding Author: Sowmya Raveendra Murthy, Consultant, Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, India.
Received: April 26, 2021; Published: May 22, 2021
Background: The increasing prevalence of myopia in children today deserves more exploration into the causes and possible modifiable factors. With the growing prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in India, and its effect on numerous body systems, we attempted to find a possible association between vitamin D deficiency and progressive myopia.
Aim: To analyse the vitamin D levels in children with progressive myopia.
Methods: This is a pilot study. Children with progressive myopia on treatment with low dose atropine showing progression (> 0.5D increase in last 6 months) were included to be a part of the study. Few of these children showed progression despite being on low dose atropine which prompted us to search further. Serum levels of vitamin D3 levels were ordered and analyzed.
Results: Total of 20 children, 9 boys and 11 girls, were included, all in the age group of 11 to 17 years. Low dose atropine eye drops were being used for more than a year in 17 children and rest for past 5 months. Serum vitamin D 3 levels were noted to be deficient (< 20 ng/ml) in 15 patients and insufficient (20 - 30 ng/ml) in 3 cases. Only 2 patients were noted to have normal levels above 30 ng/ml.
Conclusion: Our pilot study throws light on possibly using vitamin D 3 levels in our protocols in treating children with progressive myopia.
Keywords: Progressive Myopia; Vitamin D Deficiency; Atropine Eye Drops
Citation: Sowmya Raveendra Murthy and Nitya Raghu. “Analysis of Vitamin D Levels in Children with Progressive Myopia".Acta Scientific Ophthalmology 4.6 (2021): 60-63.
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