Do High Dose Vitamins Increase Cataract Risk?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Do High Dose Vitamins Increase Cataract Risk?


Most people are aware of the need to have a proper amount of vitamin intake in order to maintain their overall health. We also know that certain vitamins may play a role in helping to avoid certain age related eye problems such as age related macular degeneration (AMD). But are vitamins good or bad with regard to your risk of developing cataracts? As it turns out, certain vitamins taken in high doses may actually increase your risk of developing cataracts.

Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology evaluated the risks and benefits of taking high dose supplements of vitamins C and E and 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 Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.