smoking and the eyesFor at least the past 30-40 years, it has been common knowledge that smoking is hazardous to your health. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking also causes specific dangers as far as the eyes are concerned:

(1) double the risk of cataract formation in later life;

(2) three times the risk for macular degeneration, which can lead to a complete loss of central vision;

(3) two or more times the risk of uveitis (a painful inflammation of the interior of the eye);

(4) in diabetics, the risk of diabetic retinopathy (bleeding in the retina) is doubled;

(5) double the risk for dry eye syndrome;

(6) in pregnancy, the infant will be at greater risk for strabismus (eye turn) and underdeveloped optic nerves (permanent, life-long vision loss).

Most studies offer strong evidence that it is never too late to quit; risk for system-wide ill effects begins to drop significantly, and quickly, once you stop – even in people that have had the habit for decades.

Do yourself and those you love a huge favor – talk to your doctor about the various options you have to help you quit!