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Study links hot tea to lower glaucoma risk

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Study links hot tea to lower glaucoma risk

The finding of a new research has affirmed that a spot of hot tea in the afternoon might help consumers save their sight.

The United States (US) study published online in the ‘British Journal of Ophthalmology’ found that adults who drank hot tea on a daily basis were 74 per cent less likely to have glaucoma, compared to those who were not tea fans.

Glaucoma is an eye disease that is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, in which damage to the eye (optic) nerve can lead to loss of vision and even blindness. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world

Experts were quick to stress that it may not be tea, itself, that wards off the eye disease. There could be something else about tea lovers that lowers their risk, said senior researcher Dr. Anne Coleman.

But the findings do raise a question that should be studied further, according to Coleman, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Interestingly,” she said, “it was only hot, caffeinated tea that was associated with a lower glaucoma risk.”

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