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01 Sep

The Link Between Smoking and Eyesight Loss

Smoking and tobacco use have been associated with almost all types of health problems - ranging from diabetes to heart disease to certain types of cancer. Yet, did you know that smoking could also significantly increase your chances of vision loss? Here at our Las Cruces eye care practice, we encourage our clients to limit or quit their smoking habits to ensure excellent vision as one ages.

Eye Conditions in Adults Associated with Smoking

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration - This condition affects the retina which is responsible for central vision, required for tasks such as driving and reading. Smoking negatively affects the blood supply to the retina, reducing one’s chances of seeing minute details. Individuals affected with this condition are unable to drive, cannot easily recognize faces, cannot read, confuse medication labels, and tend to fall more easily.
  • Cataract - Several studies have shown that smokers double their risk of developing cataracts (clouding of the eye’s natural lenses). Furthermore, this prospective study revealed that cigarette smoking increases the occurrence of cataract in men.
  • Uveitis - This eye condition is characterized by inflammation of the uvea, the eye’s middle layer of tissue. In a study published in Science Daily, smokers were found out to have 2.2 times more likely to develop symptoms of uveitis such as eye redness, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision.

If you’re living near Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Deming, Ruidoso, and nearby areas, visit us at the Fillmore Eye Clinic so we can help you create a smoking cessation plan to reduce your chances of vision loss. Call us at 1-800-323-4764. You can also fill out this contact form for personal consultations. We look forward to your visit!

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