A recent study, soon to be published in Ophthalmology, found that taking certain anti-depressants increased one's risk of developing cataracts.

The study was based on a database of more than 200,000 Quebec residents aged 65 and older.  The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) study showed a relationship between a diagnosis of cataracts or cataract surgery and the use of a class of anti-depressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  Patients taking SSRIs were 15% more likely overall to be diagnosed with cataracts or to have cataract surgery.

The study also showed a relationship between cataracts and specific SSRI Class drugs.   Taking fluvoxamine (Luvox) led to a 51% higher chance of having cataract surgery, and venlafaxine (Effexor) carried a 34% higher risk. No connection could be made between fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft) and having cataract surgery.

Anti-Depressants Linked to Cataracts – Now That’s Depressing! is a post from: EyeCare 20/20

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