Health: Statins for Blindness?

Anticholesterol drugs may protect the retina. Here's what you need to know

The more that doctors learn about a group of cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, the more they realize that the drugs' potential benefits may extend well beyond their proven ability to prevent heart attacks and include such things as lowering the risk of stroke or possibly even Alzheimer's disease. Now comes word that statins may help reduce damage from the most common cause of irreversible blindness among older adults in the U.S.--adult macular degeneration, or AMD.

About 85% to 90% of patients with AMD have the dry form, in which lesions appear on the macula, the region of the retina that...

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