Can hot tea help to prevent glaucoma?
Can a hot tea help prevent Glaucoma? Research has suggested that drinking hot tea may help to reduce the incidence of glaucoma, according to a US study. However, experts point out that no clear causal link has been established and further studies are required.
The study consisted of 1678 participants, 84 of whom had glaucoma. There was no association found between drinking caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, soft drinks, ice tea and glaucoma. However, participants who drank at least one cup of hot tea per day had a 74% decreased odds of having glaucoma compared with those who did not.
Glaucoma is an eye condition where your optic nerve is damaged by the pressure of the fluid inside your eye. Most types of glaucoma have no symptoms, so a regular eye test is the only way to know you have the condition. Treatment with drops can often prevent glaucoma causing sight loss.
Symptoms of Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
- Hazy or blurred vision
- The appearance of rainbow-colored circles around bright lights
- Severe eye and head pain
- Nausea or vomiting (accompanying severe eye pain)
- Sudden sight loss
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
If you get these symptoms it is important to act quickly, even if the symptoms appear to go away, as your vision may be damaged each time the symptoms occur. In these cases, immediate assessment is advised with your eye doctor and explain the symptoms you have experienced.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR EYES
With any type of glaucoma, regular eye examinations are important to detect progression and prevent vision loss.
An eye examination is a vital health check and should be part of everyone’s regular health care. If you have any concerns about the health of your eyes, please call Whitby & Co on 020 7353 4455 to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, you can make an appointment online here.