This study was published in Optometry and Vision Science 2012 Aug;89(8):1165-71
Study title and authors:
Age-related cataract is associated with type 2 diabetes and statin use.
Machan CM, Hrynchak PK, Irving EL.
School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22797512
This study investigated the associations between age-related cataract, type 2 diabetes, and statin use. The study included 6,397 patients aged 1-93 years.
The study found:
(a) Statin users had a 57% increased risk of age-related cataract compared to non-users.
(b) The 50% probability of cataract in statin users occurred at age 51.7 and 54.9 years in patients with type 2 diabetes and without diabetes, respectively. In non-statin users, it was significantly later at age 55.1 and 57.3 years for patients with type 2 diabetes and without diabetes, respectively.
The results of the study show that statin use is associated with an increased risk of age-related cataract.