Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Your Eyes & Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

As previously posted on this blog in October 2011, the AREDs study done by the National Eye Institute demonstrated that  high levels of antioxidant vitamins and the mineral zinc have been shown to reduce the risk of severe vision loss in patients with advance age related macular degeneration. That same month new data was published based on long term follow up on the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) which showed that men who took 400 ius of Vitamin E (the same amount taken in the AREDS study) had a higher incidence of prostate cancer than those who took placebo. A review of the AREDS data showed no association of increased risk of prostate cancer in the men who took Vitamin E as part of their study. For more information. As always before deciding to take any supplement please consult with your primary care physician.

Guest Blogger: Shari E. Strier, O.D. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center