Monday, February 25, 2013

Drinking & Macular Degeneration Risk

Excessive drinking of alcohol may predispose patients to an increased risk of macular degeneration. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol may increase the risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). A standard glass of wine or beer each contains about 15g of alcohol. “It appears from this study that consuming more than 20g of alcohol a day was associated with an increase in early age-related macular degeneration of about 20 per cent in men and women compared with non-drinkers,” commented Andreas Wolter, M.D., a NY eye specialist in the Hudson Valley at Seeta Eye Centers. “A number of earlier studies highlighted the risk of heavy drinking on overall eye health but there was little evidence until now about the association between moderate drinking and age-related macular degeneration,” said Dr. Wolter.

If you or someone you know has questions about eye health, macular degeneration and drinking alcohol please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination at 845-454-1025, visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Middletown, Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Beacon, Bedford, Catskill, Cornwall, Eastchester, Ellenville, Florida, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Highland, Highland Falls, Kerhonkson, Mahopac, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, New City, Scarsdale, Saugerties, Spring Valley, Tarrytown, West Point, White Plains, Woodstock, Yorktown Heights and Yonkers, NY.

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