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Besides Lungs, Smoking Damages Eyes Too

Besides Lungs, Smoking Damages Eyes Too

For all those who thought that smoking was only affecting their lungs, here’s more to it. According to the findings of a new study, smoking impacts vision and erodes eye health.

Ophthalmologists are blaming smoking as one of the major factors behind the increased incidence of glaucoma, an eye condition caused by weakening of optic nerves. But unfortunately not many are aware of the implications of smoking on eye health and vision, leading to blindness.

Adding more to the list, “Smoking is very much connected to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome,” Kamal B. Kapur, from Sharp Sight Group of Eye Hospitals highlighted.

Unfortunately, even passive smokers face the similar risk.

Researchers found that heavy smokers are most likely to experience damages. “People, who smoke in excess like 10 cigarettes a day, have up to three times the risk of cataract as non-smokers. Similarly, there is a strong nexus between glaucoma and smoking,” Mahipal Sachdev, Chairperson and Managing Director of city-based Centre for Sight, said.

As vision loss caused due to smoking does not show up at early stages, a dilated examination of the eye can help detect the disease in their early stages. Diagnoses much before the symptoms of vision loss occur can help control the prognosis of the disease, Sachdev added.



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