HOW ALCOHOL AFFECTS VISION

"You had better stop drinking; you're getting blurred!"

We all know that alcohol depresses brain function, slows down our ability to think quickly, inhibits our ability to react and increases response time. It also has specific effects on the functioning of the eyes, but its effect on vision has more to do with how it impacts the central nervous system and the brain, as opposed to causing an actual visual impairment in the eye. So, instead of saying your eyes are playing tricks on you when you're drunk, it's more accurate to say your brain is playing tricks on you and using your eyes to do it.

Short –term visual effects include:

Double or blurred vision due to the limited coordination of the eye muscles;
Difficulty with depth perception as the eyes struggle to focus together on an object;
Difficulty judging distance;
Decreased sensitivity to contrasts between colours, particularly in low light;
Decreased visual sharpness;
Decreased peripheral vision, reducing the ability to detect objects outside the line of vision;
Dry eyes and headaches due to the dehydrating effect of alcohol;
Slower pupil reactions;
Eye twitching;
The eyes appear red or bloodshot.
In this season of celebration and festivity, be aware and exercise moderation!

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