Exposure To Lead Could Hurt Vision - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/7/04

Exposure To Lead Could Hurt Vision

We've all heard the warnings about lead exposure, that it can lead to learning problems in children. Turns out now, adults may suffer as well. In this case, new information suggests lead exposure could be a trigger for vision trouble later in life. The study of over 600 men found those with the highest levels of lead had almost three times the risk for cataracts.

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that lead is toxic to proteins in the lens causing it to lose transparency and turn cloudy. You can reduce your risk of lead poisoning by removing lead paint from your home and drinking water.

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