Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Cataracts

Man with a magnifying glass in front of his eyeA study shows that a lack of vitamin D, an antioxidant, is associated with a significantly greater risk of cataract, which is the loss of transparency of the eye's lens.  This is especially true in young adults.  More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have vitamin D deficiency, often to to lack of exposure to sunlight.

The study also found that men have a higher level of vitamin D, perhaps because of more outdoor activity.

The only known treatments for cataracts are surgical.

Vitamin D Levels in Young Adult Cataract Patients: A Case-Control Study

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