McCann’s vision has improved since he cut out caffeine

Brian McCann has a noticeable new look – no glasses, and a hop in his step.

Going on a recommendation from his eye doctor to cut out caffeine, and hydrate with plenty of water, McCann said his problems with dry eye and blurry vision has improved.

“I’m real excited about it, real excited,” McCann said. “It’s the first time in a year and a half, two years that I’ve come to the baseball field and not had to worry about my eyes.”

McCann has undergone Lasik surgery twice, once in October of 2007 and then a tune-up procedure on one eye last October. He continued to have problems with dry eyes and blurry vision, though, and started wearing glasses last year during games.

McCann started this season without glasses or contacts but after struggling to see at the plate in night games, McCann resorted back to wearing glasses in May. He’s worn them on and off recently but since going on a recommendation from his ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Kozarsky last week, when the Braves were in Arizona, the glasses have been off.

“I see fine, way better than I did at the start of the season,” McCann said. “It’s hard to explain. I’ve been through a lot these last two years. I finally found a solution that works.”

McCann said he quit drinking Red Bull and 5-hour Energy drinks before games and now sticks to strictly water, and a lot of it, before games. He said he noticed a difference within about three days.

“I had chronic dry eye,” McCann said. “I was having to put drops in; now I don’t have to do the drops. My eye wouldn’t even hold a contact, they were so dry. And now that I’m hydrated and my eyes are fine, I can rub my eyes and tears will start forming. I couldn’t do that before.”

Since the Braves got to Arizona on June 7, McCann has hit .313 (10-for-32) in 10 games to raise his season average to .263 entering the weekend series with the Royals.

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McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 18th, 2010
6:57 pm

This is really great news! Thanks, Ms. Rogers!! Hope things continue to improve for ya, BMac! I wish you nothing but the best!

McCann said he quit drinking Red Bull and 5-hour Energy drinks before games

Aw, HECK yeah! That stuff freaks me out…too much caffeine! Can’t wait to see your number keep goin’ up! :D

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

June 18th, 2010
7:10 pm


I wonder what’s in the caffeine that causes the eye problems.


June 18th, 2010
7:14 pm

Frank, I think caffeine dehydrates you, which can cause dry eyes.

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 18th, 2010
7:16 pm

Caffeine is a diuretic. therefore it causes you to excrete more water.


June 18th, 2010
7:16 pm

Mac doesn’t seem like someone who could go without caffeine LOL! I wonder if he cut out all forms of caffeine like soft drinks, or just the energy drinks?

Not a doctor

June 18th, 2010
7:17 pm

Caffeine constricts the blood vessels causing greater pressure in the eye. It also robs the body of moisture, which has a greater effect in your eye.


June 18th, 2010
7:20 pm

No caffeine?? I would quit baseball. You just have to have your priorities straight. :)

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 18th, 2010
7:24 pm


That’s a good Q…but yeah, I gotta agree that it’s the whole dehydrating thing.

bravesgal1016 Mac doesn’t seem like someone who could go without caffeine LOL!

Haha! Seriously… ;) But he’s been pretty “bouncy” in the dugout regardless! :)

I wonder if he cut out all forms of caffeine like soft drinks, or just the energy drinks?

That’s another good Q…knowing him, he prob’ly went all out and cut out the caffeinated soft drinks as well, but I’m not totally sure.

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 18th, 2010
7:56 pm

Caffeine is bad for you. Booze however…

Urban Meyer

June 18th, 2010
8:18 pm

What a big baby!


June 18th, 2010
8:19 pm

That is crazy. I’m glad he saw that doctor though! I’ve tried to give up caffeine and it is not easy. If only I could give up booze like ‘Bob Horner…’

Braves Lover

June 18th, 2010
8:43 pm

Very interesting – think I’m going to go to more water – which is what we all should do is drink lots of water – especially in the heat.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 18th, 2010
8:53 pm

Who’s a baby, lunatic?


June 18th, 2010
11:37 pm

b macs the last piece of the puzzel if he gets hot we will kick spome major butt lol even wo him and larry wayne for the firsyt half the offence has been good watch out if diaz comes back swinging and unis starting tto look reams better too mac’s the last piece


June 19th, 2010
12:43 am

FABULOUS news. I am real happy for Brian.


June 19th, 2010
12:55 am

If Mac was drinking that much caffeine and cut it all out or even just back he should loose some pounds over time. Not a lot, but loosing weight is loosing weight…lol


June 19th, 2010
2:12 am


I know I would give up the millions of dollars, I got to have my coffee!


June 19th, 2010
7:41 am

His eyes might be better but he still can’t see the baseball.


June 19th, 2010
8:49 am

Those energy drinks are bad for you in many ways. They should take the damn things off the market. I have seen people even get violent after chugging those things. We had to terminate one of our emplyees this week and him being geeked up on those things all the time had a lot to do with the reason. My doctor says they are horrible for you in many ways.


June 19th, 2010
8:49 am

I find it odd that McCann was suffering from dry eyes for two years, and none of the doctors or trainers ever thought to mention that too much caffeine could cause dehydration that could dry out the eyes.


June 19th, 2010
9:45 am

McCann probably didn’t disclose how much caffeine he was consuming. What’s even more odd to me is that he didn’t figure it out himself. Certainly most adults know that energy drinks in lieu of water might have something to do with dehydration. I hope he was at least drinking the sugar free red bull. Lord knows he doesn’t need the added insulin spike/ weight gain.

Brian from SC

June 19th, 2010
9:49 am

Yep, I’ve never touched one of those energy drinks…I’m scared of em, to be honest.

jesse james

June 19th, 2010
11:54 am

Dang! I am going to see my attorney and sue the company that made every product that I used that had caffeine in it. That is what kept me from making the majors leagues. I played travel ball, I played for my daddy, I had a hitting, pitching, fielding , baserunning, uniform dressing, and spitting coach growing up and now I realize it was caffeine. Dang!

Ain't that the Truth, Ruth

June 19th, 2010
12:18 pm

@KPH–come on, man, it’s a sports blog. You don’t need to use cold euphemisms like “terminate” here. Just be real and say “fired.”

marseilles mutt

June 19th, 2010
12:38 pm

Doggone it! Hate to read that, but have to agree….at least somewhat.

Had ‘Grizzard surgery’ a while back- mitral valve replacement- and that slowed down the circulation in the lower extremities, and contributed to a noticeable lack of energy. Ben Hogan in his day swore that ginger ale both increased suppleness and circulation, primarily in his hands. So what I did was use a 16 ounce can of the diet Monster product, and the balance diet GA mixed in a 24 ounce can and used it several times a day; took my vitamins in the morning with it, had it at lunch, and then in the afternoon prior to exercise, and trust me it works! Even improved my golf score, because I did not get anywhere near as tired…and my hands did feel better on the club. Have arthritis as well, but then who doesn’t at my age.

However, I now realize that it also accounts for my blurry vision. Rats!

Gonna try more water and see what transpires. Understand now, this is an old UGA lineman- 73- that is still close to his playing weight, and has had an extensive vitamin regimen (SP?) for the last 25 to 30 years.

Interesting article.


June 19th, 2010
12:52 pm

OMG! No more Starbucks.


June 19th, 2010
1:43 pm

I love a cup of coffee in the morning and use to drink several cups a day (plus sodas)–but over the years I had to learn to limit myself to one cup a day and cut way back on sodas. I’ve learned through experience and working with my doctors that too much caffeine, along with the acid in most drinks that contain caffeine, can cause all kinds of problems–nervousness, dehydration,higher blood pressure and heart rate, irregular heart beats, dry eyes, impaired vision, upset stomach and irritation to the urinary tract. I have never partaken of energy drinks but my understanding is that they are loaded with caffeine and acid–so I am glad Brian’s Doctor has intervened here—-to the benefit of his health and the Braves fortunes.


June 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

I have chronic dry eyes due to lasik surgery 10 years ago. When the flap (clear protective layer on the outside of the eye) is cut and folded back out of the way for the laser to remove tissue underneath sometimes this creates nerve damage that causes dry eyes. After the surgery the flap is put back in place and heals. I have heard that there is a new procedure now that avoids nerve damage. He should try the eye drops (Rx drug) Restasis which helps produce tears naturally. One drop in each eye twice a day is all he needs. It has helped me..


June 19th, 2010
2:55 pm

I did the same thing because my contacts kept popping off my eyes and it worked.

Roy Hobbs

June 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

This is great news. I sure hope it helps his eyes. Regardless, if he can make it through the first two weeks and learn to live without the soda and caffeine he will be healthier and probably feel much better. If it helps his eyes, its just a huge bonus.

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June 22nd, 2010
10:35 pm

It seems to me that what the real help was increasing water intake. The eliminating caffeine is a prejudicial thing.


June 27th, 2010
1:13 pm

I am really happy for you

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