Smoking and Eye Damage
By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 8 2019 02:00PM
Smoking . . . It’s Damaging Your Eyes
Study after study has proven smoking is bad for your health, especially your lungs and heart, but there are some detrimental effects smoking has on your vision, too. Smoking has been linked to two of the leading causes of vision loss, cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as a number of other eye health problems.
Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, causing blurred vision, faded color perception, glare, poor night vision, and even double vision. So what’s the link to smoking? The more you smoke, the greater the risk of developing cataracts. Smoking contributes to cataracts by altering the cells of the lens through oxidation. .
Macular degeneration involves the deterioration of the macula, the central part of the retina that allows us to perceive fine details. As the macula wears out, people experience blurriness, distortions, or blind spots in their central vision. And how does this connect to smoking? Smoking promotes macular degeneration by interfering with blood flow to the retina and increases the harmful effects of oxidation on the cells of the macula.
So the best is to never start smoking at all. But if you are a smoker, quit. Ex-smokers still have an increased risk of vision loss from cataracts or macular degeneration when compared with people who have never lit up a cigarette, but stopping smoking now reduces your risk. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it is worth the effort, for your health and for your eyes!