Statins are a class of drugs which are often prescribed by physicians to help lower your cholesterol. Mayo Clinic writes that statins work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol. Statins may also help your body reabsorb cholesterol which has built up in plaques on your artery walls. Family Practice News reported on Oct. 17, 2013, "Statin use linked to lower cataract risk."
Positive lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, eating a healthy low fat, low cholesterol, low salt diet, daily exercise and stress management are recommended to reduce your risk of heart disease, whether you take a statin or not. Statin use was significantly associated with a 19% lower risk of cataracts according to a new meta-analysis. The risk for cataracts with statin use fell to 51% when statins were prescribed to younger people over a longer period. However, there have been some concerns statins may instead increase cataract risk, such as seen with the Waterloo Eye Study.
Dr. John B. Kostis said during a presentation at the annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology,
"The bottom line is that statins prevent cataracts. He also said, "Don’t be scared of cataracts when prescribing statins." Dr. Kostis says his study showed that there was nearly a 20 percent decrease in the rate of cataracts among patients who were treated with statins, in comparison with those who were not. Sides effects can occur with statins, as reported upon by Mayo Clinic. If you experience any side effects from statins you should call your physician immediately.