Smoking and Ocular Health

Over time there have been proven links that connect smoking to lung and heart problems, however a commonly overseen fact is how much smoking can affect you eye health. Smokers have an increase chance of the following progressive eye disorders:

  • ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) – Smokers are almost three to four times more likely to develop this disease and people living with smokers are also more likely to be affected by this condition.
  • Cataracts – Smokers are three times more likely to develop cataracts earlier in life.
  • Glaucoma – There have been links proven to suggest that smoking can increase one’s intraocular pressure thus potentially leading to a diagnosis of glaucoma at some point.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – Smoking in general or being around smokers can increase your chances of getting diabetes. One significant consequence of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy in which smokers are much more likely to show symptoms at a younger age.
  • Dry Eye Syndrome – One of the most common forms of discomfort in the eyes, these syndromes is almost twice as likely to affect smokers.

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