What Does Smoking do to the Eyes?
If you are a smoker, why not commit to quitting in 2016? Smoking serves no functional purpose and severely damages nearly every part of the body. Your eyes are no exception to this. The eye doctors at Northeastern Eye Institute strongly encourage our patients to quit smoking and would be happy to discuss how this step will benefit your visual health during your next routine visit to our office.
Smoking Increases Risks for a Complete Loss of Vision
As previously discussed on our blog, smoking is a known risk factor for cataracts. It has also been shown to:
- Increase risks for macular degeneration three-fold
- Double the risk of diabetic retinopathy
- Create 2.2x the normal risk for glaucoma and retinal detachment
- More than double the risk for uveitis
- Cause chronic dry eye syndrome
For these reasons and so many more, quitting now is the best thing you can do for your health.
Bear in mind, many of the eye diseases related to smoking cannot be treated and some can even lead to a complete loss of vision. If you enjoy being able to see clearly, there is simply no room for smoking in your life. We can discuss this in greater detail during your next visit to our office and provide you with encouragement and resources that will improve your chances of kicking this vision-stealing habit for good.
To schedule your next appointment at Northeastern Eye Institute, please contact us today. We have offices in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and several other areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania.