Smoking contributes to the development of many chronic diseases. It has harmful effects on most of the organs in your body.
In today’s post, your local eye care doctors from Vision Care Plus discusses the negative effects of smoking on your vision and eye health.
1. Macular Degeneration – Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) targets the retina, the part of the eye responsible for providing your central vision. The condition causes the development of blind spots, which can make daily tasks like driving and reading difficult. Smoking nearly triples the risk of developing AMD.
2. Uveitis – This is a severe eye disease that can cause blindness. It affects the iris and retina and can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment.
3. Cataracts – This is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Smokers are twice as likely to develop the disease as non-smokers and this risk increases the more they smoke. Visit Vision Care Plus for an eye health exam and comprehensive cataract assessments. Early detection of cataracts can prevent the disease from interfering with your daily activities.
4. Diabetic Retinopathy – This eye disease affects the retinal blood vessels and can lead to vision loss. Over five million Americans 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy due to type 1 or 2 diabetes. The number will reach around 16 million by 2050. Smoking can double the risk of developing diabetes.
5. Infant Eye Disease – Smoking brings dangerous toxins to the placenta that may harm the unborn child. Smoking while pregnant increases the risk of infant eye disorders like strabismus or crossed eyes and an undeveloped optic nerve, which is a leading cause of blindness in kids. In addition, smokers are at a higher risk of premature birth. Premature infants are at risk of retinopathy prematurity that can potentially cause blindness.
6. Dry Eye – Dry eye disease develops due to the lack of tears that the eyes need to stay healthy and lubricated. Tobacco smoke is an eye irritant that can make the disease worse, especially for contact lens wearers. Smoking doubles the risk of developing dry eye disease.
Quit smoking to reduce your risk of different vision loss-causing eye diseases. Regularly have your eyes checked to maintain good eye health. Contact Vision Care Plus for your eye care needs. We also provide prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Call us at (844) 201-5900 or complete our online form. We assist patients in Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin and Beaumont, AB.