Yes, it can and if you're a daily tea drinker, you're already ahead of the game. Drinking a hot cup of tea every day can actually lower your risk for certain eye maladies.
Researchers say catechins found in green tea are among a number of antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin, thought to help protect the delicate tissues of the eye from glaucoma and other eye diseases.
The special antioxidants called flavonoids in tea leaves help protect the eyes against diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. These antioxidants also prevent some types of glaucoma, a disease where the fluid builds up in the eye, creating pressure that damages the optic nerve. One particular flavonoid known as gallocatechin collects in the retina and actually protects the retina against dangerous UV rays.
Caffeinated tea drinkers can lower the risk of glaucoma with other added healthy behaviors, such as exercising more, eating healthier foods, not smoking and drinking less alcohol. Have a cup of tea with us and lower your risk.
Peace, Love & Tea