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Dr. Shofner Warns Two Beverages Proven To Cause Vision Disorders

by Dr. Shofner
Wed, May 8th 2013 12:55 pm
Nashville, TN
`Moderation is a key component for balanced diet and lifestyle.`
"Moderation is a key component for balanced diet and lifestyle."

There are over 300 types of energy drinks used to help stay awake or be more alert. Many Americans don't understand the long-term dangers caused by drinking these popular beverages. Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center has treated many patients experiencing blurred or impaired vision for many years. But doctors and patients are now learning that caffeine found in energy drinks and coffee can cause serious visual and other health problems. Although coffee and some alcoholic beverages have been shown to provide medical benefits, Dr. Shofner shares the two beverages popular that are linked to an increase in vision disorders.

1)    Coffee. A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among those 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 Exfoliation Glaucoma, an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness.

Common symptoms may include: blurred vision and the inability to see clearly, flushed skin from high blood sugar, increased urination, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach problems and trouble breathing. "Moderation is a key component for balanced diet and lifestyle," says Dr. Shofner. Dr. Shofner also recommends anyone with these symptoms should reduce or stop drinking caffeinated beverages and schedule an appointment with a medical doctor or ophthalmologist.

2)    Alcohol. Although light consumption of alcohol probably won't cause any health problems, drinking alcohol excessively can have harmful effects on eyes in both the short-term and long-term. Heavy drinking of alcohol may cause problems with your vision and overall eye health.

Symptoms of excessive alcohol use may include: decreased visual performance, slow pupil reactions, optic neuropathy, peripheral vision impairment. Studies by the Ophthalmic Epidemiology suggest that drinking alcohol not only causes visual impairment, but may also cause irreversible eye damage. Additionally, researchers found binge drinking increased visual impairment by 32%.

About Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve -- the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electric cable containing numerous wires. When damage to the optic nerve fibers occurs, blind spots develop. These blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve is significantly damaged. If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results.

About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center offers the most caring, responsible group of professionals who pay close attention to details to ensure every patient is given the best medical care for their eyes. Anyone that experiences any eye related issue should schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Shofner Vision Center treats nearly every condition of the eye and also LASIK and cataract surgery. Dr. Shofner has been practicing in Tennessee since 1990 and has performed more than 10,000 cataract and ocular surgeries and over 30,000 LASIK surgeries on Middle Tennessee eyes. Shofner Vision Center offers the most affordable LASIK surgery prices in a "no pressure-no fear" environment, while offering Free evaluations during the week and on Saturdays.

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