By now, all of us know the inherent dangers that can be caused by smoking cigarettes. But besides affecting our bodies in a variety of harmful ways, smoking can also affect our eye sight.
The toxic chemicals inside a cigarette affect our eyes on the outside immediately. Yet the full impact of smoking on our eye health and vision takes time to develop.
Smoking has been tied to multiple vision issues such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and even is a leading cause of blindness. Other eye conditions like dry eye and several cancers of the eye can be caused by smoking. Even individuals who do not smoke, but are instead exposed to secondhand smoke, can be at risk.
Pregnant women who smoke can also affect their child’s eye health.
Women who smoke while they are pregnant are more likely to give birth prematurely, which in turn leads to a higher risk of retinopathy in the baby. Other fetal and infant eye disorders are also at a greater risk for being crossed eyed and having an underdeveloped optic nerve in the baby.
The more frequently you smoke, and the longer you smoke as a habit, the greater your odds are for developing some type of vision issue due to your smoking.
Speak to your family eye care professional today about further issues involving your eyesight and reach out to your doctor for help quitting smoking.
Smoking is a preventable habit that can lead to eye care issues for the whole family.