Can vitamin E reduce my risk of macular degeneration and cataracts?

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Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
People whose diets include about 30 IU of vitamin E daily have about a 20% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people over 60, compared with people who get less than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) according to prospective cohort studies. Similarly, taking vitamin E supplements appeared to lessen the risk of cataracts. But overall, the evidence to support vitamin E for preventing either disorder has been inconsistent.

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