Keratomalacia is a progressive nutritional disease of the eye, due to insufficent (i.e. a deficiency of) vitamin A.
(That this term concerns effects on the cornea of the eye is indicated by the prefix "kerat-" which refers to the cornea of the eye, and also applies to other terms in this section - as listed on the left).
Keratomalacia may follow from untreated xerophthalmia (also described as "a progressive nutritional disease of the eye due to deficiency of vitamin A" but additionally involving very dry eyes, and generally the stage prior to, but which sometimes lead to , keratomalacia).
This is a very serious condition than may lead to blindness.
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