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Study: Reduced tear quality after green tea consumption

And while we’re ever so slightly off the beaten track tonight, here’s another.

Hm. Tear quality 60 minutes after a cup of green tea. Okay.

The acute effect of a single dose of green tea on the quality and quantity of tears in normal eye subjects. Masmali et al, Clin Ophthalmol. 2019 Apr 10,

OBJECTIVE:

The study aimed to investigate the acute effect of a single dose of green tea on the quality and quantity of tears in normal eye subjects.

METHODS:

Forty normal eye subjects (22 men and 18 women) aged 19-39 years were enrolled in the study. Also, an age matching control group (20 males and 20 females) was enrolled for comparison. McMonnies dry eye symptoms questionnaire and slit lamp were used for the exclusion criteria determination. Phenol red thread (PRT) test was performed on both eyes of each subject. A tear sample was collected from the lower tear meniscus of the right eye of each subject for the tear ferning (TF) test, which was performed before (30 minutes) and after (60 minutes) drinking green tea.

RESULTS:

The median PRT measurement after green tea consumption was lower (median [IQR]=23.50 [8.00] mm) compared to that before consumption (median [IQR]=27.00 [8.75] mm). In contrast, the median TF grade was significantly higher following green tea consumption than that before consumption (median [IQR]=2.65 [1.23] vs 1.50 [0.88] mm, respectively). The results show that TF grades increased in 97.5%, and the red phenol thread scores decreased in 80% of the subjects after green tea consumption compared to those before consumption. The PRT readings and TF grades were significantly different (P<0.05) before and after green tea consumption.

CONCLUSION:

Drinking green tea could have a significant effect on the eye tear film quality. Tear quality appeared to decrease after green tea consumption.