Excessive drinking can negatively impact your health and overall happiness in life, but did you know it can also affect your vision? Heavy drinking has been shown in studies to deteriorate image and, in some cases, result in vision loss. If you’re looking for another reason to stop or reduce your alcohol consumption, this could be it – so let the Orange County LASIK experts fill you in!
Why should I care about how alcohol can affect my vision?
Alcohol has several harmful effects on your vision. As you are already aware, alcohol slows the communication between the brain and the eyes. As everyone knows, drinking and driving is illegal because you must rely on both to operate a vehicle. These occur when both eyes see something simultaneously, and then only one eye sees that same thing again moments later. This could be because while we’re looking through our non-seeing (or misaligned) drift zone where everything gets a little mixed up, an image from another angle appears, giving us two perspectives on reality! While these symptoms usually go away once you stop drinking, being a heavy drinker can harm your eyesight in the long run.
Dry eyes can also be caused by excessive alcohol consumption. If you have dry eyes, you may be ineligible for Orange County LASIK eye surgery. When the surface of your cornea is irritated, normal tear formation becomes difficult. Excessive alcohol consumption can also result in bloodshot or red eyes. Drinking can cause you to need the restroom more frequently than usual, dehydrating your body and especially your eyes. Many people experience eye pain as a result of a lack of fluids!
Severe alcoholism, in the worst-case scenario, can result in permanent blindness. While it is not common, it is also not an impossibility. The cornea may become thinner over time, and the eye muscles may also lose strength. People under the influence have also been involved in fatal accidents that have resulted in permanent bodily damage. It is even possible to be involved in an incident that causes you to lose your vision simply because you were not in a state of mind to make rational decisions. Sadly, not even laser eye surgery in Orange County cannot cure blindness.
An important point to remember.
If you do not have an alcohol addiction but do drink occasionally, remember to avoid drinking 24 hours before your surgery because it will cause you to become dehydrated. Dehydration, as you are aware, can cause dry eyes. Continue to abstain from alcohol for the next 48 hours as your eyes heal from LASIK.
Are you ready to make a change in your life right now?
If you are seriously considering LASIK in Orange County, please contact Excel Eye today to schedule a consultation with us! We are equipped to answer any question you may have regarding the surgical process or about financing for the cost of your laser eye surgery. If you qualify, Harvard-trained Orange County LASIK surgeon Dr. Doctor Ferzaad Moosa and his team can help you start seeing the world as you’ve never seen it before. Create the life you want with the help of LASIK.