"Smokers are at greater risk for developing eye problems."
As we all know, tobacco is enemy number one of our health affecting cardiovascular and respiratory systems. However, we are often unaware of the link between smoking and the health of our eyes.
Actually, the effects of smoking on your eyes and vision may be significant. You know that smoking tobacco or being exposed to tobacco smoke can cause damage to your health, but it can also increase your risk of developing a number of eye disorders and diseases.
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To prevent these diseases, several measures can be taken, but keeping us away from tobacco should occupy a prominent position in our list of priorities. In fact, if we do, some of the risks are reduced to levels similar to those who are non-smokers. You can stop eye damage, the type of pathology and its severity.
Smoke associated eye disorders:
- AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
People who smoke have four times the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. People who have smoked in the past have three times the risk of having a more severe form of macular degeneration. Interestingly, drinking wine in moderate amounts seems to lower a person’s risk of developing the disease.
- DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Diabetic retinopathy damages the blood vessels of the retina and can result in vision loss. Smoking may as much as double the risk of developing diabetes. There is also a causal relationship between smoking and both the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy, in addition to numerous other diabetes complications.
- DURING PREGNANCY, FORBIDDEN!
Fetal exposure to cigarette smoke, including second-hand smoke, is associated with an increase in vision problems in children. Cigarette smoke is a serious risk factor for crossed eyes (strabismus). In addition, higher rates of refractive errors and problems with the retina and optic nerve were found among children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy.
Uveitis is more common in smokers than non-smokers. Uveitis is the inflammation of the uvea (the eye’s middle layer). Uveitis harms the structures of the eye, and can lead to cataract formation, glaucoma, and retinal detachment, and vision loss.
Smoking may increase your risk of developing cataracts, or clouding of the lenses, much earlier and possibly much worse than people who do not smoke. Smoking reduces the supply of antioxidants in our eyes, which may lead to cataracts.
- IRRITATED AND DRY EYES
Much as alcohol affects the eyes, smoking can cause chronic redness of your eyes. Tobacco smoke, even passive smoke inhaled by children, can alter the tear film of eyes, exacerbating dry eye syndrome and allergic eye conditions.
- VASCULAR DISEASE
Smoking contributes to the development of arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, that can contribute to or worsen vascular disease of the eyes. Artery and vein occlusion and optic nerve damage could cause significant vision loss or blindness.