Coffee and Eye Health: Dry Eyes and Glaucoma

3311551526_9fb4e662a0_bCoffee is often seen as the end-all-be-all solution to fatigue and lack of focus. 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink this beverage on a daily basis, and the average number of cups that someone in the US consumes day-to-day is 3.1.

Coffee is naturally produced from cocoa beans, but what people commonly drink is synthetically produced with the purpose of being used for in many of our medications and beverages. Besides stimulation, it is being produced for the satisfaction it provides with many flavors. It’s something that we as a culture have come to expect as a necessity in our days. What is commonly forgotten is that coffee wasn’t intended to be used for long durations.

The Side Effects of Coffee:

You know the old saying: “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” In the case of coffee this phrase is accurate.

Constantly drinking our beloved beverage can have noticeable damage to our health. When consuming the beverage, your body can experience various changes in blood sugar levels. The results of this happening can include blurred vision and waving flashing lights. With changes in your vision you can additionally experience migraines and lingering pains near your eyes. The damage that occurs to your vision will be temporary in most cases, but as they occur it will be uncomfortable.

Researchers have found that those people who drink three cups or more of coffee a day put them at risk for exfoliation glaucoma, which is the leading cause for blindness.

2295096211_1c641c008eBesides your eyes high blood sugar can cause you to experience flushed skin, nausea, stomachaches, constant urination, loss of appetite, and issues with breathing. Low blood sugar causes major increases in hunger, rapid increases to heart rate, shaking, and confusion.

It is widely stated that people should not consume more than 1 to 2 cups of coffee, 3 is pushing it, and 4 will lead to increased health risks over time. These increased risks are seizures, convulsions, and as mentioned above, exfoliation glaucoma.

Does it help with Dry Eyes:

Coffee isn’t without its merits as well. On top of the elevated energy, studies are now saying that caffeine could also boost tear creation for those with dry eyes. This common and irritating condition can lead to a burning feeling, redness and the feeling of eye fatigue. If you’re suffering from such a condition, incorporate a cup of joe into your morning routine and consider switching your prescription to a lens that inherently stays lubricated, like Acuvue TruEye or Avaira contacts. 

Going Forward:

No, you don’t have to stop drinking coffee. Try limiting the amount of coffee that you ingest everyday. Your body will grow to adjust to the new volume that it is taking in and will be able to run off of that. You can also try substituting decaf in place of one or two of your typical drinks. Another thing that helps wake you up may be a surprise to some, exercise. If the endorphin release is timed well before work, they could get you through much of your day without the assistance of coffee.

Regardless of what approach you choose to take, protecting your eyes and your body should be important to you; make the extra effort and pull the reins back.


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