Did you know that tobacco kills nearly six million people each year? Did you also know that smokers are twice as likely to develop eye diseases as non-smokers?
The connection between smoking and eye health is a close one, even though the connection is widely unknown. As many as 56% of smokers are unaware of the relationship between smoking and eye disease.
So what’s the connection? Smoking is directly linked to age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the western world. Smoking also increases your chances of developing cataracts—the more you smoke, the more your risk increases. The smoke you see becomes permanent in the cataracts you develop. In addition, smoking can cause dry eye syndrome, further blurring your vision.
Why does all this matter? May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. By sparking the conversation on tobacco, we’re saving lives and your eyes.
The take-away: If your eyes are the windows to your soul, don’t cloud their vision.