ADVERSE OCULAR EFFECTS OF SMOKING

Lung cancer is not the major or only health challenge that smokers are faced with.

Although the eyes do not have direct contact with the smoke, it is very pertinent to understand that the parts of the body that have direct contact with the smoke are not the only body parts that are affected.

Many studies have shown that smoking is a huge predisposing factor for eye diseases like dry eye, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy(because smoking increases the risk of having diabetes by about 40%) and even glaucoma.

Sadly, non-smokers can also be predisposed to the dangers from inhaling the smoke given off when the smokers exhale. This referred to as secondhand smoke, and increases the chances for developing heart diseases, stroke, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies.

Although there are eye diseases which risk factors that we can’t do anything about, smoking can be totally controlled by staying away from tobacco and smoking completely, to the end that we protect our vision in the long run.

Additionally, getting regular eye checks, eating healthy and exercising often are sure ways to maintain healthy vision.

Healthy vision comes from overall healthy living!

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