Statin drugs for cholesterol may help macular degeneration

Study results from a phase I/II clinical trial at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University evaluating the efficacy of statins as a treatment for patients with the dry form of macular degeneration¬†offer hope for those suffering from the disease. High doses of atorvastatin lessened the number of drusen deposits within the eye […]

Statins may lower glaucoma risk

Recent findings indicate that statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering medications, may reduce the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma (OAG). Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed over 500,000 patients with abnormally high cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia. They found that patients who took statins were significantly less likely to develop OAG compared to hyperlipidemic patients […]

Study Finds No Link Between Statins and Risk of Advanced AMD

There is good news for people who take statins to reduce their cholesterol levels. A study published in the December 2009 issue of Ophthalmology concludes that the use of statins is not associated with the risk of developing advanced, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).