Coffee and Cataracts

Could the caffeine in coffee help to prevent or slow down cataracts from forming in your eyes? Research shows some potential promise in this area. 

The development of cataracts in humans is a normal age-related change that most of us will face in our lives. 

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Most cataracts develop because of a natural increase in free-radical formation within the lens structure. It’s a slow natural process that we will all experience to some degree in our lifetime. The most common cause is UV radiation from the sun, but may also be attributed to smoking, and poor diet. 

Caffeine is a natural free-radical scavenger, as such, it may have positive effects on the eyes. In preliminary studies, the scientists at the University of Maryland were able to show that caffeine may actually slow down or halt the progression of cataracts.

The research is only in its infancy, as all of these studies were only conducted on lab mice. As such, many more studies will need to be carried out to determine the commercial viability for humans and the safe quantity.

In the meantime, don’t feel guilty about having a cup (250mL) or two of coffee each day, it may turn out to be good for your eyes. And as always, continue to wear quality sunglasses whenever you are outdoors, stop smoking, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (which are also naturally high in anti-oxidants).

If you're concerned about cataracts, have a strong family history then book a routine eye health examination with a Stonewire Optometrist. 


Note: Always consult your optometrist or family physician before starting any new treatment plan
to determine if it is right for you.

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