In the last couple of days, there have been reports about a study that stated there could be a connection between drinking tea and preventing glaucoma.

So what exactly was the study?

It was the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 10,000 adults and children from 2005-2006.

Of these 1678 had an eye test for glaucoma of which 84 had it. These 84 were asked about the caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks they consumed and those who drank hot tea daily were found to be 74% less likely to have glaucoma.

What does one do with this data? Like anything, one should take it with a grain of salt – that is the study and not the tea.

The eyes are no different to the rest of the body and a healthy lifestyle will benefit them while the opposite is also true.

Working out doesn’t do anything per say to your eyes, but poor blood pressure and being overweight does.  Smoking is bad for your eyes. Not getting sufficient sleep is bad for your eyes.

The key to looking after your eyes is doing things that are consistent with a healthy lifestyle.

So drinking lots of water would be great for your eyes.  Drinking fresh juice is good for the eyes, but not too much due to the potential of excessive sugar. Obviously beer and alcohol are not good for the eyes.

If you are wise, you will look after your eyes!