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Optical Express highlights effect of alcohol on eyesight

The multiple is raising awareness during Alcohol Awareness Week

15 Nov 2019 by Andrew McClean

Optical Express has highlighted the long-term damage that alcohol consumption can cause to eyesight during Alcohol Awareness Week (11–17 November).

The multiple shared that although people are increasingly aware of the dangers of alcohol abuse on the body, not everyone is as knowledgeable about the effects of alcohol on their vision.

Clinical governance manager at Optical Express, Amy Laux, said: “Alongside making us feel tired and run-down, it is common to experience red eyes after indulging in large amounts of alcohol because it causes the blood vessels in the eye to dilate, which makes them appear more prominent. Alcohol is also a proven contributor to liver disease which commonly affects the white of the eye, known as the sclera, making it appear yellow in colour.”

Ms Laux added that toxins in alcohol can damage the optic nerve and affect vision as alcohol reduces brain activity, which can lead to poor co-ordination in eye muscles.

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