Smoking and Eye Health

Smoking and Eye Health

Smoking is a harmful habit that affects the lungs and cardiovascular system and has significant adverse effects on eye health. Wellington Eye Care in Wellington, CO, is the leading provider of optometry services in the Wellington and Fort Collins region.

In this article, we will explore how smoking impacts eye health. From age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts to dry eye syndrome and diabetic retinopathy, we will investigate the specific eye conditions associated with smoking.

Symptoms of Eye Disease Related to Smoking

Smoking can increase the risk of developing other eye diseases and cause blindness. Not only does smoking affect the eye health of the smoker, but also the eye health of others who live and work with a smoker. Secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as the smoke inhaled. The symptoms of eye disease related to smoking are serious and require immediate attention. These symptoms are included below:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficult night vision
  • Double vision
  • Loss of central vision
  • Wavy central vision

How Smoking Affects Eye Health

Smoking can have serious detrimental effects on eye health. The harmful chemicals and toxins present in cigarette smoke can damage the delicate structures of the eyes and increase the risk of various eye conditions and vision problems. According to recent studies, smoking is proven to cause some eye diseases and may be the source of other eye diseases, such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Eye Syndrome

Prevent Eye Damage from Smoking

To prevent your eyesight from damage, consider quitting smoking. Also, avoid secondhand smoke and visit our eye doctor for advice and more recommendations on preventative measures. There are a few preventive measures that we recommend in the list below:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Wear sunglasses or a brimmed hat outdoors.
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly.

Contact Wellington Eye Care for Your Appointment Today

If your eye health suffers from smoking, contact Wellington Eye Care in Wellington, CO, today for a consultation. We provide optometry services to the Wellington and Fort Collins region. We can help you. Call our helpful staff at (970) 568-7161 to book your appointment today, email us, or complete our online request form. It’s never too late to start better eye health care.

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