Cataracts and Cigarettes
November 6, 2015

Cataracts and Cigarettes

Studies have shown that smokers face a risk 2x greater for developing cataracts than nonsmokers. Sadly, this risk never fully decreases – even years after quitting – but risks are reduced the longer you refrain from smoking. Bear in mind that smoking is also linked to an increased risk for macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and diabetic retinopathy, making any efforts to quit well worth it in the long run.

If you are a smoker and have begun to notice changes in your vision, please call 855-204-6888 to schedule an examination with one of the Wilkes-Barre eye doctors at Northeastern Eye Institute today.

Cataracts cannot be treated. To prevent a complete loss of vision, the eye’s natural lens will need to be replaced with an IOL implant. To reduce risks of complications and help ensure the most desirable results, our ophthalmologists use advanced laser cataract surgery technology for lens replacement. This can be discussed with you in greater detail during your next visit to our office.

If you are a smoker, there are thousands of reasons to quit. We would be happy to discuss the effects smoking has on visual health and provide you with information about resources that can help you quit during your next appointment at one of our 18 Northeastern Pennsylvania locations.

To schedule your next appointment, please contact Northeastern Eye Institute today. Our eye doctors serve Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and all other Northeastern Pennsylvania communities.