Our expert says:
Stop Smoking Advice
There are few parts of the body smoking doesn't negatively affect, and yes, it can damage your eyes and even lead to blindness in more severe cases. It increases your risk for developing vision disorders such as:
Age-related macular degeneration. Smokers have 3-4 times the risk of non-smokers
Cataracts. Smokers have around 3x the risk of non-smokers
Glaucoma. Smoking increases risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, which in turn increase risk for glaucoma
Dry eye syndrome is twice as likely to develop in smokers.
Diabetic retinopathy. Smoking raises risk for getting and worsening diabetes, which has vision loss as a complication.
Passive smokers (exposed to second-hand smoke from being around smokers) have raised risk for many tobacco-related disorders, though to a lesser extent than smokers do. In the case of age-related macular degeneration, people living with a smoker double their risk for the condition.
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