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Nutrition. 2001 Oct;17(10):845-57.

2001 assessment of nutritional influences on risk for cataract.

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  • 1Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research, Department of Nutrition, Biochemistry, and Ophthalmology, Tufts University, 711 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA.


It is clear that oxidative stress is associated with compromises to the lens. Recent literature indicates that antioxidants may ameliorate that risk and may actually decrease risk for cataract. This article will briefly review the etiology of cataract. It will also review the epidemiologic information with emphasis on roles for vitamins C and E and carotenoids. More thorough recent reviews are available.

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