Medications such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, according to Canadian researchers, but they may also contribute to vision problems.
HealthDay News reports that the study used databases from the British Columbia Ministry of Health and IMS LifeLink U.S.
But researchers caution that the benefits of statins outweigh the risks, since cataract surgery is relatively inexpensive and almost 100 percent effective.
Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said "The goal is ... to keep you alive long enough to get [a cataract], and that's where statins come in. Statins increase the length of life by decreasing strokes and heart attacks."
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