Lutein and zeaxanthin and the risk of cataract: The Melbourne Visual Impairment Project

Hien T.V. Vu, Luba Robman, Allison Hodge, Catherine A. McCarty, Hugh R. Taylor

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PURPOSE. To evaluate the association of cortical, nuclear, or posterior subcapsular (PSC) cataract with dietary intake of lutein-zeaxanthin (LZ) in a population-based sample. METHODS. For the study, 3271 (83% of the eligible residents) permanent residents aged a 40 years were recruited in 1992 to 1994 via a cluster random sampling. In 1997 to 1999, 2594 (79%) attended the follow-up examination including lens photography, a life-style questionnaire, and a food-frequency questionnaire (FFQ). Cases were those with cortical opacity ≥4/16, nuclear opacity grade ≥2.0, or PSC opacity >1 mm2. Logistic regression was used to calculate the odds ratios for cataract by daily LZ intake, or its quintile indicator with the lowest quintile as the baseline category, controlling for energy-adjusted fat intake and variables previously found to be associated with the cataract outcomes. RESULTS. Of the 2322 participants who attended the follow-up survey and completed the FFQ, 1841 (79%), 1955 (84%), and 1950 (84%) were included in the analyses of cortical, nuclear, and PSC cataract, respectively. There were 182 (9.9%), 387 (19.8%), and 177 (9.1%) cases for cortical, nuclear, and PSC cataract, respectively. Cortical and PSC cataract were not significantly associated with LZ intake. For nuclear cataract the odds ratios were 0.67 (0.46-0.96) and 0.60 (0.40-0.90) for every 1-mg increase in crude and energy-adjusted daily LZ intake, respectively. The odds ratios (95% CI) for those in the top quintile of crude LZ intake was 0.58 (0.37-0.92; P = 0.023 for trend), and it was 0.64 (0.40-1.03) for energy adjusted LZ intake (P = 0.018 for trend). CONCLUSIONS. This study found an inverse association between high dietary LZ intake and prevalence of nuclear cataract.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3783-3786
Number of pages4
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2006

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