The dangers of smoking are generally well known. Advertisements plastered on billboards, televisions, radios, magazines and cigarette packages use shocking images to communicate the dangers of smoking. These usually emphasise diseases such as cancer, emphysema, poor blood circulation, lung disease and heart diseases. Less well-known effects of smoking, however, are eye diseases and eye problems. Many people don’t realise that with each cigarette, they are putting their eyes and eyesight in danger.
It will come as no surprise that as we get older, our likeliness of impaired vision is greater. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the deterioration of the macular – a small area in the retina – due to the aging process.But did you know that smokers are three to four times more likely to develop AMD than non-smokers! You’re cigarette smoke is essentially clogging up your vision, with every drag digging your risk of developing AMD deeper.
The same applies to conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, Dry Eye Syndrome and diabetic retinopathy. In fact, studies have shown that heavy smokers (those who smoke over 14 cigarettes a day) have a tripled chance of developing cataracts than non-smokers. Perhaps even scarier than this is the huge increase in risk of developing diabetes amongst smokers compared to non-smokers – with smoking also having the ability to cause complications in those who already suffer diabetes. Furthermore, Dry Eye Syndrome affects double the amount of smokers than it does non-smokers.
If this isn’t reason enough to quit smoking today, consider that there is also a very strong correlation between smoking and high blood pressure, cataracts and diabetes.
With all of the stresses and problems in today’s society, why make your own life harder by putting yourself at extreme risk of eyesight impairment or even total vision loss?
Of course, quitting smoking is easier said than done. Medical advice should be sought in order to determine an effective quitting method for you. For more information on how smoking can affect your eye health, call one of the experienced and dedicated team members at Perfect Vision on 13 13 40, or head online to http://perfectvision.com.au/ and make an enquiry today.