Eyesight warning: Drink consumed by tens of millions in the UK can lead to 'blindness'

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Eyesight warning: Drink consumed by tens of millions in the UK can lead to 'blindness'

The ageing process spares no mercy on the body and the eyes are no exception. A host of conditions can cause vision loss as you age, many of which

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The ageing process spares no mercy on the body and the eyes are no exception. A host of conditions can cause vision loss as you age, many of which – thankfully – do not lead to blindness. However, there are non-natural causes of blindness to be aware of.

Cataracts are when the lens, a small transparent disc inside your eye, develops cloudy patches.

Another long-term complication caused by excessive drinking is optic neuropathy.

Optic neuropathy is a condition which is developed as a result of drinking or smoking excessively.

“Although painless, you begin to lose your vision, struggle to differentiate between colours and gradually lose your peripheral vision,” explains eye surgery Optimax.

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“If you drink as much as 14 units a week, it’s best to spread this evenly over three or more days,” advises the NHS.

The health body continues: “If you’re trying to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, it’s a good idea to have several alcohol-free days each week.”

It defines regular or frequent drinking as most days and weeks.

“The risk to your health is increased by drinking any amount of alcohol on a regular basis.”



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