Posted on: 23.10.2022 Posted by: Drlark Comments: 0

June 15, 2004

Vision Health


Cataracts, a clouding of

the normally clear lens of the eye, affect one in every seven people

in the U.S. In fact, by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans

will develop a cataract.

While age is one of the largest predictors of cataracts, studies

have shown that postmenopausal women may have a higher risk of cataracts

than menstruating women. Some researchers theorize that, like age-related

macular degeneration, the reason for this is the diminished production

of estrogen that occurs at midlife and beyond. Similarly, recent

data also suggests a strong correlation between women with cataracts

and cardiovascular, respiratory, and other non-cancer causes of


In a study from the April 2002 issue of the British Journal of

Ophthalmology, researchers looked at a pre-selected group of

people aged 65 and older in London. They followed the group for

four years and compared age- and sex-specific mortality rates in

people with and without cataracts. They found that cataracts were

significantly associated with higher mortality rates in non-diabetic

women, but not men.

I find this study very interesting, as it suggests that the free

radical damage that initiates the development of cataracts may be

simultaneously causing destructive changes in other organ systems.

This is particularly true during postmenopause, when both cataract

formation and conditions such as atherogenesis (deterioration of

the arteries), both linked to free radical damage, begin to accelerate.

Thus, cataracts may be a useful early warning sign of a process

that is occurring throughout the body.

Read More on Vision:

Getting Started

Age-Related Macular Degeneration



Diabetic Retinopathy

Keep It Simple Tip: Palming

Nutritional Therapies

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Age-related

Macular Degeneration

Antioxidants for AMD and Cataracts

Help for Dry Eyes

Protect Your Eyes from Strain

Complementary Therapies

Red Light Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Ozone Therapy for Macular Degeneration



Leave a Comment