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A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among men and women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. The research, published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, linked heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee with increased likelihood of developing
inside the eye. Coffee: The Original Wonder Drug? What is exfoliation glaucoma? Glaucoma. Specifically. then the fluid flows out of the eye through spongy tissue called the trabecular network. an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness. sometimes called “exfoliation syndrome. Here’s a closer look at the study and what it means for coffee-lovers. but genetics appear to play a role. It is a group of painless diseases that can damage the optic nerve. Think of the eye as a sink in which the faucet is always running and the drain is always open. sometimes very high pressure. causing the spongy tissue that normally serves as the eye’s drain to get clogged. compared to those who abstained from coffee. A tiny gland behind the iris produces fluid to nourish the cornea and lens. the second leading cause of blindness in the world.exfoliation glaucoma. The cause of exfoliation glaucoma is unknown. Exfoliation glaucoma. with their threat of exfoliation glaucoma soaring by 66 percent if they quaffed three or more cups of java per day. Typically. explains the Glaucoma Foundation.” is marked by tiny. the researchers reported that adults who drank three or more cups of coffee daily were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma. affects 60 million people. usually due to fluid buildup. The result is increased pressure. Women with a family history of glaucoma were at the highest risk. this damage results from increased pressure within the eye. 5 Secrets to Preserving Your Eyesight How was the study conducted? . The flakes are rubbed off as the lens of the iris (colored part of the eye) moves. dandruff-like flakes building up on the lens of the eye. if untreated.
diabetes. ScD.The Harvard study was the first to link heavy coffee consumption and glaucoma risk in Americans by analyzing data from nearly 79. but no link between drinking other caffeinated beverages. such as soda or tea. including reducing risk for superbug infections. we conducted this study to evaluate whether the risk of exfoliation glaucoma…may be different by coffee consumption. "Because Scandinavian populations also have the highest consumption of caffeinated coffee in the world and our research group has previously found that greater caffeinated coffee intake was associated with increased risk of primary open-angle glaucoma [another form of the disease].000 men in the Health Professionals Followup Study (HPFS). Kang emphasizes that further study is necessary to find direct evidence . Watch Out For These 8 Dangerous Ingredients Should you cut down on coffee? As I’ve reported previously. coffee has a number of health perks. The Scandinavian Link "Scandinavian populations have the highest frequencies of exfoliation syndrome and glaucoma. and their medical records (to identify cases of exfoliation glaucoma). The analysis showed a significant rise in incidences of exfoliation glaucoma among people who drank three or more cups of coffee. The researchers looked at men and women ages 40 or older who did not have glaucoma at the start of the study.” Kang added. and had received eye exams from 1980 (for women in the NHS) or 1986 (for men in the HPFS) to 2008. strokes. of Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston." author Jae Hee Kang. told Science Daily.000 women in the well-known Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and more than 42. and breast and prostate cancer. including coffee. The study looked at health questionnaires the participants filled out about consumption of caffeinated drinks.
• Steroid medication use. treatable stages. because this type of study is not designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. • Ethnicity. You are six times more likely to develop glaucoma if you’re older than 60. many people don’t know they have it until irreversible vision impairment occurs. “If [the findings are] confirmed. African-Americans are six to eight times more likely to develop glaucoma than Caucasians. • Family history. One study found that heavy use of inhaled steroids for asthma boosted glaucoma risk by 40 percent.” Several eye experts say that they’re not cutting down on java—at least not yet. says the Glaucoma Foundation: • Being over 60. “those at risk of exfoliation glaucoma—particularly those with a family history of glaucoma— would be recommended to limit their intake [of coffee] to less than three cups per day.” she told HealthDay News. People of Hispanic ancestry are also at higher risk. To detect it in the early. Therefore.that heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee is indeed a risk factor for exfoliation glaucoma. the Mayo Clinic recommends getting a comprehensive eye exam every three to five years starting at 40 and annually starting at 60. variables other than drinking large amounts of caffeinated coffee may explain the apparent association with glaucoma. 10 Ways to Beat Fatigue That Are Safer than Caffeine Who is at risk for glaucoma? Because glaucoma is painless. Having close relatives with glaucoma multiples your risk by four to nine times. Screening is particularly crucial if you have any of these risk factors. .
Eye injury. Blunt injuries that “bruise” the eye can lead to glaucoma. either soon after the injury or years later. Use protective eyewear for activities that may cause eye injury. such as sports like boxing or baseball. or using power tools. .