HRT reduces risk of cataracts
Thursday 12 June 1997
Cataracts, which cause cloudiness and hardening of the lens of the eye, are a leading cause of blindness and affect 90 per cent of people aged over 75. Scientists have long suspected that female hormones may play a role in the development of age-related cataracts, since more women suffer from them than men.
Scientists from the Ramon Castroviejo Institute in Madrid examined the eyes of 19 post-menopausal women taking oestrogen, 23 post-menopausal women not taking oestrogen, and 23 men.
The researchers, whose findings were published in the American journal Ophthalmology, found that the women taking oestrogen had significantly less lens opacity compared with the other groups.
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