Posted on September 26th, 2012 in Blog, Eye News | No Comments »

I always knew that drinking too much caffeine and energy drinks were probably not all that great for you, but I didn’t know it was this bad: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers’ has been out of the lineup since September 18, due to overconsumption of caffeine and sports drinks! According to CBS Sports, Hamilton suffers from keratitis, which is the result from excessive caffeine!

What is keratitis? It is a condition in which the eye’s cornea (front part of the eye) is inflamed. How on earth is too much caffeine connected to keratitis? Most likely, Hamilton suffered from exposure keratitis, which is caused by incomplete or infrequent closing of the eyes (due to too much caffeine). Another symptom is incredibly dry eyes: a lack of tears leaves the eye at a higher risk for injury. Because this condition usually causes intense redness and dryness of the eyes, it is commonly mistaken for allergic conjunctivitis, which was the Hamilton’s case. The two conditions make look similar, but they need to be treated completely differently. Hamilton needs to cut back on the caffeine and drink more H20. Wearing polarized sunglasses will help keep his eyes moist and protected from harmful UV rays.

Additionally, last season Hamilton complained about not being able to hit baseballs in the daytime because of his blue eyes – is there any truth to this? There is! Lighter colored eyes are naturally more sensitive to light, but you don’t hear all of the other players complaining!

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