October 16, 2014

Vitamin E and Selenium May Not Help Prevent Cataracts

It has long been believed that vitamin E and selenium were helpful in the prevention of cataracts. However, a new study conducted by Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found this may not be the case for men.

11,267 men over the age of 55 participated in this 5.6-year study – during the course of which 389 men developed cataracts. More than 52 percent of these cataracts developed in men who were taking a selenium supplement. Just over 50 percent occurred in men who were taking a vitamin E supplement. These findings led researchers to conclude that vitamin E and selenium provide no discernable benefit in the prevention of cataracts. However, how these nutrients help prevent or reduce complications from other vision disorders was not considered in the study.

The truth is, it may not be possible to prevent cataracts. Fortunately, when they do develop, vision loss can be prevented though cataract surgery. The experienced eye surgeons at Northeastern Eye Institute are pleased to offer custom laser cataract surgery to help ensure the best possible outcome. We welcome an opportunity to discuss our technology with you, answer any questions you may have, and help you better understand all of your cataract treatment options.

To schedule your appointment, please contact Northeastern Eye Institute today. We have locations throughout Pennsylvania to better serve people living in all areas of our state.