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May 21, 2014

How Smoking Affects Your Vision

According to the World Health Organization, smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in the United States. It is a habit that puts your health and the health of others around you in jeopardy. Not only does it have an adverse affect on nearly every organ in your body, it takes a toll on your vision and makes eye care difficult.

According to All About Vision, people who smoke have a greater risk for eye disease. Cataracts occur when the eyes natural lens gets clouded and people who smoke double their chances of forming cataracts.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is another common eye disease that affects people 60 and older. AMD affects the center of the retina, causing “blind spots” that impair your central vision. People who smoke are 3 times more likely to be affected by AMD.

If you are a diabetic, you are already more susceptible to diabetic retinopathy. This disease damages the blood vessels of the retina. People who smoke, have twice as much risk of developing diabetes.

Smoking also causes dry eyes. Smoke is an eye irritant that affects you and people nearby. If you have any questions regarding the affects smoking has on your eyes, feel free to call us at 877-871-1684. If you would like help quitting smoking, you can visit, www.smokefree.gov

 

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