Five Vision Disorders More Common in Smokers
Smoking has a tremendously negative impact on every part of the body. The eyes are, of course, no exception. Smokers are at a much higher risk for vision loss than nonsmokers and these risks increase substantially with age. If you are a smoker, quitting now is the best decision you can make to help protect your vision well into the future.
Five of the most common eye diseases that are more likely to affect smokers are:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Dry eye syndrome
Barring dry eye syndrome, all of these eye diseases can result in a permanent loss of vision. Sadly, the accumulative impact of smoking may increase risks even after a person quits. However, quitting helps stop the compounding of these risks and is strongly encouraged by Dallas eye doctor Dain Brooks.
While it may be impossible to completely reverse the damage done to the eyes by smoking, studies have shown that people who quit can reduce their risks of vision loss. Risks for both cataracts and macular degeneration drop nearly seven percent within the first year of quitting and another five percent in the second year. Combining smoking cessation with a healthy lifestyle complete with proper nutrition and plenty of exercises can further reduce risks and help ensure clear vision for years to come.
If you are experiencing any difficulties with your vision, please contact Brooks Eye Associates to schedule an examination today. Dr. Brooks welcomes patients from Dallas, Frisco, and all surrounding areas of Texas.