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Coffee Eyed as Possible Sight Saver

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- First thing in the morning, millions of Americans need that eye-opener that only coffee can provide.

Now, it appears that certain antioxidants found in coffee might be doing more for your eyes than merely making you look more awake.

U.S. and South Korean scientists says that an antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid or CLA may be linked to reducing the risk of degenerative eye diseases that occur when we age.

The researchers conducted an experiment by first pre-treating some lab mice with CLA and then exposing them to nitric oxide, which can result in retinal degeneration.

According to the study, mice without the CLA pre-treatment suffered retinal degeneration, a primary cause of sight loss, while the other rodents developed no damage to the retina.

As much as the results were promising, the scientists caution that more work is needed to determine if drinking coffee actually delivers CLA directly to the retina.

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