It’s National Non-Smoking week! To raise awareness of the harmfulness of smoking, here is how it can relate to your eyes:

How smoking can harm your eyes?

Smoking is known to be harmful for many different health reasons, such as respiratory and coronary problems. Many, however, do not realize that smoking can be detrimental for the eyes. Two leading causes of vision loss that can be exacerbated by smoking are cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Cataract occurs with age, where the lens become cloudy, and slowly causes blurry vision that is not correctable by glasses. Compared to a non-smoker, a person who smokes has two times the risk of developing cataracts, and a heavy smoker has three times the risk. This causes one to undergo cataract surgery at an earlier age.

Macula is the central vision area that provides the best vision to see small details and colour. WIth age, similar to other parts of our body, the macula can deteriorate that lead to decreased vision and distortion of images. This is known as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). In severe cases of AMD, it can result in central blindness. The risk of AMD increases by two to four times in previous or current smokers.

Other eye related conditions that can be affected by smoking includes diabetic retinopathy and dry eyes.

It is crucial to detect these conditions in its early stages to slow down the progression and preserve your vision. CLICK HERE to book an appointment now, or call us at (905) 889-0809 to schedule your eye health and vision assessment.