Smoking has long been known to cause heart disease and lung cancer; however many people don’t realize that smoking can lead to vision loss. Studies show smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy and Dry Eye Syndrome.
Today we are going to list the side effects of smoking:
Cataract: Heavy smokers (15 cigarettes/day or more) have up to three times the risk of cataract as nonsmokers
What You Can Do to Prevent Vision Loss:
Healthy habits can lead to healthy eyes. The risk of eye disease and vision loss can be lowered if you::
- Quit smoking!
- Eat healthy foods (including green leafy vegetables, fruits and foods high in vitamins C, E, and beta carotene).
- Control blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Stay active.
- Visit your eye care professional regularly.