Is Cataract Risk Increased by Hepatitis C?

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Increased Cataract RiskA recent study published in PLOS One found an increased risk of cataracts in patients diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for hepatitis C (HCV).  In a five-year study of more than 11,000 individuals, researchers found that HCV-infected patients were 1.36 more times likely to develop cataracts than non-HCV-infected patients. HCV-infected patients who were undergoing interferon-ribavirin therapy were 1.83 times more likely to develop cataracts.

HCV infection is believed to increase systemic oxidative stress, and the development of cataracts has been linked to an increase in oxidative stress. However, few studies have addressed the association between HCV infection and cataract development.

For the 3.2 million people living with hepatitis C, this increased risk for developing cataracts is something to be aware of but not necessarily alarmed by. Routine vision screenings can detect ocular problems like cataracts, and today’s advanced technology allows for safe and precise removal of cataracts and repair using an intraocular lens.

If you experience any symptoms of cataracts or other issues with your vision, please call Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates at 732-349-5622 today to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced doctors. We proudly serve the areas of Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey.