Does Heavy Coffee Drinking Increase Glaucoma Risk?

March 9, 2012

A year and a half ago, we reported on research finding that coffee may retard development of cataracts.

This past week, an analysis of the health records of more than 75,000 women presented at the American Glaucoma Society 22nd Annual Meeting, demonstrated that heavy coffee drinking may increase the risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma (EG).

Lead investigator Louis Pasquale, associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, explained that rrevious randomized trials have indicated that homocysteine levels, a risk factor for coronary disease, are increased after coffee consumption, and that patients with exfoliation glaucoma have elevated homocysteine in the aqueous humor and tears.

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