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St. John’s Wort Users Who Also Have Cataracts or Macular Degeneration (Blindness) May Be Eligible to Participate in Lawsuit

For centuries, St. John’s Wort has been used as an herbal anti-depressant. New information has just come to light from various sources including a recent study that links St. John’s Wort to the development of CATARACTS and PREMATURE MACULAR DEGENERATION (BLINDNESS).

How Could Taking St. John’s Wort Cause Cataracts?

In a study published in the October 2009 issue of Current Eye Research, researchers John N. Booth, III, and Gerald McGwin, Jr., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reported on an association they found between the use of St. John’s Wort and the growth of cataracts.

In a study, Booth and McGwin analyzed data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey and reviewed self-reported data on St. John’s Wort use and cataracts.  Their study determined that participants who reported having cataracts were 59% more likely to report using St. John’s Wort.

A 1999 study published in NewScientist by Joan Roberts and colleagues found that hypericin, an active component of St. John’s Wort, can react to visible and ultraviolet light to produce free radicals. This process damages proteins in the lens of the eye and can lead to the growth of cataracts.

How Could Taking St. John’s Wort Cause Macular Degeneration (blindness)?

For many years, medical and scientific studies have noted a correlation between St. John’s Wort and macular degeneration (blindness).

Does the ingestion of St. John’s Wort cause premature Macular Degeneration?

This question has been of great interest to both the medical and scientific communities prior to October of 2009 researchers believed that St. John’s Wort does, in fact, cause premature macular degeneration.  The studies, which were the basis for their belief, involved laboratory animals.  The question still remained… What ingredient in St. John’s Wort causes this eye damage?

The study recently published in Current Eye Research may have answered this question.

Researchers John H. Booth, III, and Gerald McGwin, Jr. quoted a 1999 study published in New Scientist. This study found that an active component in St. John’s Wort reacts to ultraviolet light to produce free radicals.  This process damages protein in the lens of the eye.

What You Need to Know:

  • Cataracts are a vision problem where eyesight has diminished. When a person suffers from cataracts, their eye lenses have become cloudy.
  • If you have developed cataracts and also use St. John’s Wort, there is a chance that those two things may be related.
  • You may take St. John’s Wort in tea or tablet form.
  • St. John’s Wort has been used to treat depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. If you have been taking herbal supplements or herbal teas to deal with any of the above ailments, there is a chance St. John’s Wort may be included among the herbal remedies you use.
  • St. John’s Wort is also referred to as hypericum, Klamath weed, and goat weed. Check your herbal supplements to see if you are taking St. John’s Wort under any of these names.

What You Need to Do:

If you have cataracts or vision problems and have taken St. John’s Wort, please call our law firm today at 1-800-676-5295 for a consultation free of charge. We will talk with you about your particular situation and help you determine whether you have a case.

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If you or someone you love takes St. John’s Wort and also has cataracts, please contact our attorneys today by calling 1-800-676-5295, or filling out the form for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your legal options.

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