Archive for the ‘Cataract’ Category

Cholesterol Medication May Raise Cataract Risk

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens within the eye. Symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, glare from lights, and difficulity seeing in dim illumination like night driving. Risk factors for cataracts include:

  • advancing age
  • uv exposure
  • smoking
  • diabetes
  • some meidcations such as steroids

Now, a recent study has also found a potential link between cataract development and patients taking statin medications to lower cholesterol. This is in direct opposition to what had been commonly thought.

Dr. Cook, O.D.

Celiac’s Have Higher Risk For Cataracts

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by gluten in sensitive individuals. Nutritional deficiencies caused by intestinal malabsorption are common and include:

  • calcium
  • fatty acids
  • folic acid
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin K

These nutritional deficiencies may also increase the risk of cataract development.  A study in the May 2011 American Journal Of Epidemology showed those with celiac disease are at an increased risk of developing cataract.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

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Survey Says: Vegetarians Have Lower Rate Of Cataracts

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Cataract #1

A large dietary study reported in Reuters suggests vegetarians have a lower rate of cataracts. Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye that can limit vision and require surgery.

27,600 participants older than 40 were in the study and completed dietary surveys between 1993 and 1999. Medical charts were reviewed in 2008 and 2009 to see if participants developed cataracts.  Nearly 1500 people did develop cataracts during that period.  Dietary review found that nearly 3 in 50 meat eaters developed cataracts compared to about 2 in 50 that followed a vegetarian diet. Further, they found that those who ate the most meat (more than 3.5 oz daily) also were at the greatest risk for developing cataracts. Compared to this group, vegetarians had a 30-40 percent decreased risk of developing cataracts.

Concerned about your risk of developing cataracts?  See an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.