Steroids, cataracts linked

Friday, October 31, 2003

LONDON - Inhaled steroids increased the risk of cataracts by up to 70% in people over the age of 40, researchers found. But that side effect had to be weighed against the undoubted benefits of the inhalers. The study urged doctors to prescribe the lowest possible doses to older patients. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye turns opaque and impairs vision. It was already known that cataracts were aside effect of orally-taken steroids.