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Hi all, Cataracts are causing significant changes in my vision and my ability to function. I'm planning to get the cataract laser surgery done from See by Intravision in Oakville(seebyiv.com/eye-conditions/cataract/ ). But I recently read an article telling that vegan diets can reduce the risk of cataracts. Has anyone experienced it? Please share your suggestions.

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    Posted by westcornersville at 10/20/15 18:41:40

    There was a study done a few years ago that found that vegetarians and especially vegans were less likely to get cataracts than people who ate meat: http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/cataracts/news/20110420/vegetarians-may-have-lower-risk-of-cataracts

    It's just one study, and it doesn't necessarily mean that the vegetarian/vegan diet makes you less likely to get cataracts--it could be that the sample of people in the lower-risk category (vegan or vegetarian) could be doing something else, including diet related (maybe eating specific foods that are good for eye health, like green-leafed vegetables). However, I think it's quite possible this is yet another benefit of a vegan diet.

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    Posted by Robinwomb at 10/21/15 02:37:59

    I found the study below regarding a vegetarian diet and reduced risk of cataracts. I personally do not have any eye problems nor do I even wear glasses (which isn't too bad for being 43 years old). I am the sole person on both sides of my extended family who does not require glasses. I would sure like to think the years of being vegan has helped. :) I think cataracts involve more than diet though, but certainly it can help improve health!


    ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2011/03/23/ajcn.110.004028.short


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