We normally think of lung cancer as the main health risk associated with smoking however smoking causes changes in the eyes that can lead to vision loss. Studies show smoking increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome.
In fact, smokers double their risk of developing AMD compared to a non-smoker and 2-3 times more likely to develop cataracts compared with a non-smoker.
If you are able to quit smoking this will greatly improve your health and reduce the risk of vision loss.
Eating a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish and exercising regularly all contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
The NHS Smokefree website is full of tools and advice to help you quit and stay smoke free.
As Optometrists we see the impact of smoking on eye health and vision. If you smoke and are concerned about your eyesight, then we invite you to book a regular eye examination during which our Optometrists can give you support and advice on how to improve your eye health.
The Gordon Turner Optometrists Team