Drinking more than normal water can cause you to lose your eyesight.

India
May 26, 2008 11:17pm CST
A lady in Phillipines was suffering from high BP.She was adviced to drink more water. She started with a few litres and ended up drinking so much water that she became blind. On check up the doctor realised that the sodium from the cells were all washed out due to excess intake of water which affected her vision. Please do everything in limit, including drinking water. We feel water cannot harm, but when I read this I was zapped. I felt like sharing this with all my lotters and it would do well to pass this on to everybody.
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15 responses
@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
27 May 08
Hi ketybhagat, One can only imagine what problems she might also have had with water retention. If this story is true, then the woman must have been drinking an awful lot of water - our bodies are very adaptable, so causing damage from drinking too much water sounds very extreme. I wonder if she had also cut down on her salt intake because of her blood pressure? An inadequate diet might have compounded her problems. IMO the popular advice for people to drink 8 glasses of water per day is nonsense - we should only be drinking as much water or other fluids as our bodies tell us to, rather than trying to unilaterally impose some arbitrary rule like that. That's what thirst is meant for - to tell us when we need to drink something. Anyway, it's a sad thing for that poor lady - I hope her eyesight was recoverable.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
27 May 08
That is truly something else. I would have never dreamed that water could do that to a person. I guess we should only take things in moderation, no matter what it is. It seems that everything these days can harm us in some way or another. We have to be so safe and careful more these days as things just seem to get worse in the environment and foods also.
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@lovenluck (1068)
• India
27 May 08
lol my eyes went wide open after reading this discussion, too much water intakes causes blindness and I was taking at least 5-8 litres everyday ,I think i will have to stop it's intake immediately . I was always told that water in take is good for health ,for the first time i have come across the cons of drinking water and I am really finding it hard to believe.
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@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
27 May 08
I guess this is really a reminder to everyone that we should do things in moderation and not excessively. From the explanation by the doctor, I guess that theoretically it was a sound explanation. But I will never know how sodium affects the eyesight, unless there's something to do with the aqueous humor or vitreous humor (the liquid in the eye). Still, this is a news certainly worth passing on.
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@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
27 May 08
I sure am glad that you shared this information with us. I have been drinking more water lately trying to help lose weight. I had no idea something like that could happen. I normally drink about four to six bottles of water per day. I am going to cut down on the amount. Thanks again for sharing this information with us. Take care!!!
@adjhoice (434)
• United States
27 May 08
Aww that's shocking. Anyway my problem is i don't drink enough water:( Thanks though.
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• Lubbock, Texas
27 May 08
ALL things in moderation! I wonder if it was her Dr. who advised her to drink more water. Especially if your diet is not well balanced, too much water does lead to an imbalance in electrolytes (minerals such as sodium and potassium)which control the fluid level in cells. Just as too little water can allow toxins to build in the body, too much water can cause immeasurable harm. In addition to going blind I imagine her liver and kidneys have been terribly overworked and may lead to some even more serious problems.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
27 May 08
this is shocking. I never thought water can cause blindness. i know people who drink lots of water to help in their bowel movement. they seems fine to me. maybe that lady in the news is really drinking so much.
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@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
12 Jul 08
wow. is that true? i can't believe water can have that effect to the body. what does sodium plays in our sight and vision? do we need sodium to see? i really can't believe it. i thought it was good to drink plenty of water because it cleanses our body. that's why i'm trying to drink 8 glasses or more of water everyday. well, i guess too much of anything really does hurt.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
29 May 08
i believed your story but can you share with me the link? my dad doesnt wanna believe me when i told him about this! he said that our bodies are composed mostly of water so he doesnt believe this one. anyway i really didnt know that water can actually be harmful if taken in such large amounts. who would have thought?
• Mauritius
29 May 08
thats a really new thing that i have never imagined, thanx for sharing.
@excellence7 (3477)
• Mauritius
28 May 08
Thanks for sharing this useful piece of information.
@Chadanne (253)
• Philippines
28 May 08
What?! I've been drinking about 10 to 12 glasses of water a day! I always get thirsty because of the recent summer heat. I guess I should do it in moderation. But where did you get the info? We would be pleased if you share it with us. Thanks!
• Malaysia
28 May 08
hei, I do not believe it.Anyway , it is good to let is know. Thank You.
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
28 May 08
She must have really drank a lot of water to do that much damage. Usually if you drink too much water you just excrete it more frequently. there must have been more to the story than the water drinking.