Smoking is directly tied to the leading causes of blindness.
Accelerated by tobacco use, cataracts and macular degeneration affect millions of people, robbing them of full, clear vision. Chemicals in cigarette smoke not only put our own eyes at risk, but secondhand exposure can affect those around you.
Smoking Damages Eyes, Inside and Out
We’re all familiar with the well-publicized ways tobacco harms the heart and lungs, but the eyes are often forgotten. The toxic mix of over 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke irritates eyes from the outside, and erodes vision from the inside. Smokers face a four times greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration—the deterioration of the sharp, central sight needed for everyday tasks. Studies also indicate that smoking doubles the risk of developing cataracts—clouding of the eye’s lens that severely obscures vision.
Decide Today, For Your Health and Your Future
Chances are you’ve heard most of this before—but we want to continually support your lifelong vision health. If you smoke, & would like to begin the quitting process, for yourself and for your family. A great place to start is smokefree.gov. At Lentz Eye Care our focus is improving quality of life through outstanding vision care, and building relationships with our valued patients.source