Statin Use Linked to Increased Cataract Risk

by Colin Carmichael

A new study shows a link between statin use and increased risk for cataracts.

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New study links statin usage to increased risk of cataracts

The study, done at the University of Waterloo in Canada, included over 6,000 patients.

Type 2 diabetes and statin drug usage were looked at as potential risk factors for contracting age-related cataracts. Both were significantly related with a higher incident of age-related cataracts for those in the study.

As you might expect, the highest risk was linked to diabetics who took statins. Meanwhile, the lowest risk was observed in non-diabetic patients who did not use statin drugs.

The authors of the study, which included Carolyn Machan, OD, point out that the study doesn't prove that statins play any role in causing cataracts. But this study will advance the theory that it's a real possibility.

Anthony Adams, OD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Optometry and Vision Science adds…

"Considering the increase in the prevalence of diabetes and the corresponding increase in the use of statins, the authors feel these findings serve to encourage further research on the long-term effect of statins on the human crystalline lens."

The study was published in the August 2012 issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of Optometry.

> Optometry & Vision Science:August 2012 – Volume 89 – Issue 8 – p 1165–1171

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