What are Bitot’s Spots?
Bitot’s Spots are distinct white patches that appear on the conjunctiva – the membrane that covers most of the visible part of the eye.
Bitot’s spots can expand and develop into a condition called xerophthalmia. Xerophthalmia is a major cause of blindness in children in Africa and Latin America, and usually occurs between the ages of 3-5 years old. It is generally associated with malnutrition and Vitamin A deficiency.
Bitot’s Spots look like raised triangular-shaped areas on the white area of the eyeball and ulcers can develop with the cornea softening and turning pulp-like if not treated, resulting in irreversible blindness.