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A recent study suggested a link between hepatitis C (HCV) infection and the development of cataracts.
The study, “Increasing risk of cataract in HCV patients receiving anti-HCV therapy: A nationwide cohort study,” was published in the journal PLOS One.
Cataracts are a major cause of vision impairment worldwide, with an estimated prevalence of 33% in the general population. The condition is also a significant source of healthcare spending as patients with cataracts are more likely to fall, have motor vehicle accidents, and are less likely to be able to live independently, according to the researchers, from Taiwan’s China Medical University Hospital.