Antioxidants fight cataracts

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According to a new study published in the February issue of the journal Ophthalmic Epidemiology, antioxidants may slow the progression of age-related cataracts.

The three-year, placebo-controlled trial focused on 297 adults from the U.S. and England who already had been diagnosed with age-related cataracts. After three years, subjects who took a daily supplement containing 750 mg of vitamin C, 600 IU (international units) of vitamin E and 18 mg of beta-carotene showed a slight decrease in cataract progression than did participants who took a placebo.

The researchers hypothesized that if subjects in the supplemented group continued antioxidant treatments for the next 21 years, they could achieve a 10 percent reduction in cataract progression, which at least one analyst believed could decrease the number of cataract surgeries performed each year by 49 percent.

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