"Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye Diseases" was recently reported in ScienceDaily and received a lot of press coverage. So what's the real story?
Green tea 'catechins' are in the anti-oxidant family, just like lutein and zeaxanthin two products used in the preventive treatment of macular degeneration. The study demonstrated in laboratory rats a group of these substances were absorbed from the gut and detected in eye tissues.
It is unknown whether the substances are absorbed in humans, concentrate in the human eye tissues or have any benefit in glaucoma.
So for now, enjoy your green tea and come see one of our fine
Michael Starrels, MD