Coffee Benefits Dry Eye Sufferers, Dr. Price Kloess

Okay…I’ll admit that we too often hear that “medical science” has found some ingredients in food to be harmful, only to later find that it is actually beneficial.

Caffeine is probably the best known example of this…and since I love my cup of java in the am, the following is my story and I’m sticking to it!  It seems coffee is not only a great way to kick-start the day, it can also help with dry eye syndrome.

According to a study published in the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, caffeine has the ability to increase tear production in some people. This isn’t a complete surprise since coffee is known to improve the body’s output of saliva and digestive fluids. The research was done at the University of Tokyo’s School of Medicine.

Dry eye syndrome is most common among those 50 and older with women more likely to experience the syndrome. While it’s little more than an uncomfortable annoyance for many, severe cases can damage vision.

So, if you can tolerate caffeine and have dry eyes, a cup of coffee might just do the trick. Have a great week and I’ll look for you at Starbucks!Starbucks_Coffee

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