Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Anorexia and eyesight

Poor eyesight is a well-known side effect of anorexia and new research from Athens University Medical School had given an indication as to why this might happen. In a detailed study of 33 women, 13 of whom had suffered from anorexia for at least 10 years, they found that the macula - a structure behind the retina, which is responsible for detailed vision - was thinner in the women with anorexia and even thinner in women with bulimia. Neurotransmitters which pass signals from the eyes to the brain were also significantly less active in the women with anorexia.

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