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DOES DRINKING RED WINE (IN MODERATION, OF COURSE!) REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING CATARACTS?

Updated: May 4

Well, this is interesting! A recent British study has linked alcohol consumption with a lower risk of developing cataracts!

A joint research project carried out by academics from London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology found a lower risk amongst those who drink up to 14 units a week, especially if they drink red wine.


The risk was found to be lower amongst wine drinkers rather than those who consumed beer or spirits. These findings may suggest a protective role of polyphenol antioxidants, something of which there is plenty of in red wine.


Whilst the study has shown a close connection between MODERATE drinking and cataracts, they haven’t found a definite causal link.


It’s also important to note that the NHS still identifies excessive drinking as one of the risk factors for cataracts, together with diabetes, smoking and family history.


What are cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that form in the lens of the eye. They’re very common and the main course of impaired vision worldwide, especially in older people.


Whilst not painful, symptoms include blurred, misty cloudy or double vision.


Have your eyes tested regularly!

It’s essential that you have your eyes regularly tested - at least every two years. This way, we can pick up any issues you may be experiencing with your eyes and vision.


To book your sight test, call us on 01253 794522 or send us a message.


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