We do a lot to ensure our eyes stay healthy. On a daily basis we take vitamins, eat eye healthy foods, we even wear protective eye wear. All of these things can become habits over time and over time we start to see the benefits. Unfortunately the same can be true for unhealthy habits. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at how smoking can affect your eyes.
How Smoking Can Affect Your Eyes
In North America people choose to smoke for many different reasons. Some smoke to help relieve stress and others smoke socially. Whatever your reason it’s important to be informed of the potential health risks. According to an article published by Medical News Today, smoking can increase your risk of cataracts as well as macular degeneration.
- Cataracts. We know that cataracts are painless but progressive cloudiness that develops in the internal lens of the eye. Over time cataracts block light and can cause limited eyesight and/or blindness. While cataracts can appear naturally smoking increases this risk. Fortunately through medical advances there are procedures to help reverse the damage.
- Macular Degeneration. Is the leading cause of serious vision loss although it will never cause complete blindness. It takes place in the retina located in the back of the eye. Typically this develops as the individual ages and can create significant visual disability. Unlike cataracts it is irreversible.
Steps Toward Healthier Eyes
While everyone has the right to choose whether or not to smoke you can think about it just like you would any other area of your life. Does this decision help me take steps toward a healthier life? Just like choosing healthy foods over unhealthy food or protecting your eyes from damaging sunlight. If you need help taking steps toward healthier eyes you can start by talking with your doctor.