Posted by: juliegriffey | December 23, 2013

Is your New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking? If so – your eyes will thank you.

Lady Smoking

She may look sexy now – but she’s more likely to be blind in her old age.

If you didn’t know that smoking was bad for you – then you must be living under a rock. Most people are well aware of the fact that smoking is bad for their health. But maybe you didn’t know that smoking is wrecking havoc on your vision was well?

All About Vision recently published an article on this topic that I found pretty interesting, and frankly, a bit scary.  Here are five ways that smoking is bad for your vision.

1) Smoking contributes to dry eye and makes it worse.  Smoking irritates dry eyes and worsens the condition.  In fact smokers are twice as likely to suffer from dry eye.

2) Smoking increases your likelihood for developing cataracts.  Smokers are twice as likely to develop cataracts, and the risk gets worse the more that you smoke.

3) Smoking increases your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – especially if you are a woman.  Smokers are three times as likely to develop AMD and women who smoke are 5.5 times as likely to develop AMD.

4) Smoking increases your risk of developing uveitis (inflammation of the uvea which can lead to vision loss).  A smoker has a 2.2 times greater risk than an non-smoker.

5) Smoking increases your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy (if you are a diabetic).  Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes where the blood vessels in the retina are damaged which can lead to vision loss.  Not diabetic so you think you don’t have to worry about this one?  Smoking also increases your risk for developing diabetes.

And here’s probably the scariest statistic:  smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind in old age than non-smokers! Yikes!

Will 2014 be your year to quit smoking?  Your eyes will thank you if you do.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/smoking/

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