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5 Ways Alcohol Can Affect Your Eyes

by Logan Caswell |

Some of us love to have a drink. Whether it’s to relax after work, at the weekend with friends, or just to take edge off after a troubling experience.

We are sometimes in denial about the detrimental effect’s alcohol could have on our health. Yet, there may be the nagging question of, ‘What if?’  in the back of your mind.

It’s important to know the short and long-term effects of what alcohol can do. Especially in terms of your vision health.

Let’s pose the question, “How does alcohol affect my eyes?”

Some consequences are less serious than others, while some effects may lie dormant for years. So, we’re going to try and enlighten you on a subject which is often avoided, but nonetheless is an important one to address.

Our goal is to give you information you may not already know, and to allow you to make your own decisions on what you take from it.

  • Yellow sclera. This condition occurs after years of drinking. The white part of the eye (sclera) can turn yellow and can also be an indication of liver disease.
  • Distorted vision. This condition occurs because alcohol reduces the communication between neurotransmitters in the brain, after excess drinking a on a regular basis.
  • Twitching. Drinking large amounts of alcohol will reduce the reaction time of your pupils.
  • Dry eyes. Alcohol causes dehydration, causing your reduced fluid levels.
  • Bloodshot eyes. This condition often happens when you drink too much in one session and causes the blood vessels in your eyes to swell.

If you’re going to have a drink, our advice is to limit the number of units you consume. Control what you’re putting into your body and make the proper decisions for your personal health and lifestyle.

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