There is little question that drugs such as atorvastatin, cerivastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, mevastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin cut the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. However, a recent study on the subject shows that users of “statin” drugs have a slightly higher risk of developing cataracts than non-users. Over a six-year period, a comparison of 7,000 statin users with an equal number of non-statin users showed that statin users had a 35.5% chance of being diagnosed with cataracts while non-users had a 33.5% risk. While this slightly increased risk doesn’t outweigh the benefit that comes from using statins, those using the cholesterol-lowering drugs may want to have their eyes examined more frequently. Your eyes are for life, and so should your eye care. Our eye doctor and exam team take the time to get to know your eye care history and health. Our holistic approach to eye care ensures that you get the best possible care, advice, and options for your vision needs. Clouding of the eye lens (cataract) can make vision hazy and interfere with color perception.
Apr 11, 2014