Occasional consumption of alcohol can have negative effects on your eyes or vision. You may experience blurry vision and dizziness depending on how much you’ve drank, but these will likely go away after resting, recharging and rehydrating.
However, if you are a heavy or frequent drinker, you are at a much higher risk of experiencing short-term or permanent changes in your vision. Your trusted eye doctor at Nova Vision Center discusses some of the ways that drinking alcohol could affect your eyes.
More commonly referred to as bloodshot eyes, red eyes are a result of reduced oxygen in the red blood cells. When you drink too much alcohol, the oxygen in your red blood cells decreases, causing the tiny blood vessels on the surface of your eyes to dilate. More blood also flows through them, so your eyes become red and inflamed. Eye drops are usually helpful, but you can also try placing a cold compress on your closed eyes to get rid of the redness.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so it causes the body to remove fluids at a much quicker rate — thus, you feel dehydrated after a night of drinking. This dehydration then affects your eyes by accelerating the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. To avoid such symptoms and any discomfort, make sure to drink water in between your alcohol intake and before you go to bed.
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol
Some of the long-term effects of heavy alcohol drinking are lazy eye, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you experience symptoms of these eye conditions, make sure to visit your doctor for an eye exam.
Failure to address such eye problems could result in loss of vision or permanent damage to your eye. For AMD, your visual acuity could decrease as the disease progresses.
For quality eye care and eyewear products like eyeglasses and contacts, look no further than Nova Vision Center. Our doctors and staff are experienced professionals who will make sure your needs are met. Call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve customers in Arlington and Falls Church, VA, as well as other surrounding areas.