Macular Degeneration Risk & Drinking Alcohol

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Macular Degeneration Risk & Drinking Alcohol

“Some awareness of the increase in macular degeneration risk with excessive alcohol drinking is worth noting-especially for those with a family history of macular degeneration as well as those with a social or family history of considerable alcohol consumption,” shared Connecticut eye doctor Leslie Doctor, M.D. 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 eye disease such as 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 Dr. Leslie Doctor of Doctor & Associates with Fairfield County offices in Westport, Norwalk & Wilton, CT. “A number of earlier studies highlighted the risk of heavy drinking on eye health in general but there was little evidence until now about the association between moderate drinking and age-related macular degeneration,” said Dr. Doctor.

If you or someone you know has questions about eye health, macular degeneration and drinking alcohol please feel free to call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates or to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice providing eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center.

Whatever your eye care, eye health or vision correction needs might be-Doctor & Associates can serve as a Connecticut ophthalmic consultant and will be conveniently located for patients from Fairfield County and southern Connecticut including Danbury, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Cannondale, Aspetuck, Redding, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, Darien, Glenbrook and Ridgefield Connecticut.