Americans and much of the rest of the free world love to drink coffee, it’s the go-to beverage of choice in the morning that helps kick-start busy days. Most coffee drinkers already know that too much caffeine consumption comes with health risks and effects. These include insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. A recent study suggests that too much caffeine consumption may also increase your risk of glaucoma.
What is Glaucoma?
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible vision loss. Previous studies have indicated that in glaucoma patients, caffeine consumption elevates intraocular pressure by 2-3mmHg for several hours. If you have a family history of glaucoma, have had elevated eye pressure in the past, or have been diagnosed with glaucoma then this study is for you.
How much caffeine is too much caffeine?
According to the study, if you consume more than 500 mg of coffee each day, about 3 cups, you are at a greater risk than those consuming less than 125 mg per day (1 large cup).
How can I quit?
Reducing your coffee intake is not easy. Many experts suggest trying decaf, herbal teas or other non-caffeinated beverages. Changing your morning routine may help as well. Instead of waking up to coffee try going for a brisk walk or run first. You’ll most likely want water after which may help you cut down on coffee. You can also try drinking healthy smoothies or juice instead.
How can we help?
As a part of your routine eye exam, Dr. Taylor will do several tests to check for signs of glaucoma. He will check the health of your eyes inside and out for signs of early problems. In most cases, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce your risk for permanent vision loss.