In general patients take a daily multivitamin in order to supplement their diet which may or may not meet the necessary requirements for good health. In addition, some patients learn about taking higher doses of vitamins in order to prevent certain conditions and illness-so they think! There is some confusion about taking high doses of vitamins and whether they help to avoid cataracts and lower your risk of cataract development. So, are vitamins good or bad for affecting your risk of developing cataracts?
Research on Cataract Risk & Taking High Dose Vitamins
Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology evaluated the risks and benefits of taking either high dose supplements of vitamins C and E or low-dose multivitamins with the risk of developing age related cataract. Their study looked at any associations of high-dose supplements of vitamins C and E and low dose multivitamins with the risk of age related cataract in a group of 31,120 men who ranged in age from 45–79 years of age. Their results suggest that the use of high dose-but not low dose-single vitamin C or E supplements may increase the risk of age-related cataract. The risk may be even higher among older men, corticosteroid users, and long-term users.
If you or someone you know takes high doses of vitamins or is concerned about their risk of cataracts please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+ or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.
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