New York Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. reviewed recent research indicating that taking statins may help prevent cataracts. ”We are always studying the current scientific literature and publications regarding cataracts, cataract surgery and lens implants so that we can use that knowledge to help our patients preserve their eye health and vision,” commented Dr. Modi. “According to researchers publishing their work in the February 2012 edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the long term use of statins may have a protective effect against cataracts, especially for younger patients aged 50 to 64 years. This might be due to the antioxidant properties,” further explained Dr. Modi. Patients taking Lipitor (Atorvastin), Vytorin (Ezetimibe-Simvastatin), Mevacor (Lovastatin), Pravchol (Pravastatin) or Zocor (Simvastatin) for at least 5 years had a protective effect against cataract surgery among patients aged 50 to 64 years but not among patients older than 64 years. In both age groups, shorter-term use of less than 5 years was linked to an increased risk of cataracts. “The jury is still out on how or the significance of statins preventing cataracts-time will tell and we will continue to review the research,” concluded Dr. Modi.
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