Smoking harms almost every major organ in your body, including your eyes. It can contribute to vision loss and even blindness.
In today’s post, your local medical eye care provider, Vision Care Associates, discusses the harmful effects of smoking on your eye health.
1. Macular Degeneration – Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the retina’s center that gives you crisp and clear vision. Patients with the condition experiences blind spots and impaired vision. Smokers are three times more likely to develop the disease.
2. Uveitis – This is an inflammation of the eye’s middle layer or uvea. It’s a serious eye disease that can lead to permanent vision loss. Uveitis can cause other complications such as cataract, glaucoma and retinal detachment. A study says smokers have 2.2 times greater risk of having uveitis.
3. Cataracts – Cataract is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Over 50 percent of Americans will have a cataract or have had it removed by the age of 80. Those who smoke have double the risk of developing cataracts. Visit your eye doctor if you’re at risk of having the condition as early treatment can preserve your vision.
4. Diabetic Retinopathy – More than 5 million people in the United States over 40 have diabetic retinopathy. The disease damages the retinal blood vessels which may lead to vision loss. Smokers are twice as likely to develop the condition.
5. Dry Eye Disease – Dry eye occurs when there aren’t sufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes. Sufferers experience itchiness, redness and a sensation of having something in the eyes. Smoke from cigarettes further irritates the eyes, even for secondhand smokers. Smoking doubles the risk of having dry eyes.
Quit smoking to protect your health and vision. Regularly visit your local optometrist, Vision Care Associates, for an eye exam to maintain good vision. Call us at (304) 315-6055 or schedule an appointment online. We assist patients in Marietta, OH.