How Smoking Cigarettes Can Lead to Vision Problems

Smoking & Eye ProblemsIt is a known fact that smoking cigarettes can lead to heart disease and cancer, but did you know it can also harm your vision? Smoking can increase your chances of developing these eye conditions:

  • Cataracts. Cataracts are clouding of the eye’s natural lens and can lead to blindness. Studies have shown that individuals who smoke double their chances of forming cataracts when compared to non-smokers.
  • Uveitis. Uveitis is inflammation of the eye’s middle layer, and it can lead to vision loss. Smoking has been linked to this serious eye disease.
  • Macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that affects the center of the visual field and causes “blind spots.” Quitting smoking can considerably reduce your risk of developing AMD.
  • Dry eyes. Tobacco smoke is known to irritate eyes and worsen this condition, especially if you wear contacts.
  • Diabetic retinopathy. This eye condition damages the retina’s blood vessels and results in vision loss. Smokers have been known to develop diabetic retinopathy, along with other diabetic complications.
  • Infant eye disease. Women who smoke while they are pregnant transmit toxins to the placenta, which increases the chance of fetal and infant eye disorders.

Visit Raleigh Eye Center for High-Quality Treatment of Eye Problems

Need help treating an eye problem that was caused by smoking? Schedule an appointment at Raleigh Eye Center — our eye doctors can perform a series of tests and develop a customized solution to help you see clearly.

If you need help quitting smoking, one of our eye doctors can refer you to a physician who will recommend different methods to help you quit.