Do Vitamin E Reduce Risks for Cataract Development?

It has long been believed that vitamin E was essential for reducing the risks of cataract development – and that may certainly still be the case for women, but a study conducted on 11,267 males over the age of 50 has found that increased vitamin E had no significant impact on cataract development in men.

The study, conducted by researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, identified 389 cases of cataracts among participants over a 5 ½ year period. Men taking a vitamin E supplement accounted for 197 of those cases. Men taking a placebo accounted for 194. These nearly identical numbers indicate to the study’s authors that vitamin E may not be effective at preventing the development of cataracts.

The Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among seniors in the United States. While you may not always be able to prevent the development of this age-related disorder, you can prevent vision loss once it occurs with cataract surgery.

Dallas eye surgeon Dr. Dain Brooks offers advanced cataract surgery technology to help ensure safe and effective treatment for our patients. During your cataract surgery consultation, he would be happy to discuss our technology and your artificial lens choices to help you determine which options are best for the full restoration of your vision.

To schedule your cataract surgery consultation, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today. Our cataract surgeon serves Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and surrounding areas of Texas.