There are many great things about starting a new year, including ringing it in with friends and family and getting the chance to make some resolutions. The best resolutions to make regard your health and making lifestyle changes. If you are a cigarette smoker and have made a resolution to stop smoking, here are three more reasons (not including your heart and lung health) for you to give it up. Read on to learn more.
Macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease and is the leading cause of blindness in Americans. By causing the central portion of the retina to deteriorate, macular degeneration is irreversible. Caused by things such as diet, age, gender, and race, there are some factors that cause macular degeneration that can be avoided altogether— including smoking.
Chronic Dry Eye
As one of the most common eye related diseases caused by smoking, chronic dry eye can not only be obnoxious, but it can be uncomfortable as well. Chronic dry eye is a condition in which your tear ducts don’t produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Patients who suffer from chronic dry eye experience painful, itching, burning eyes. Caused by both second-hand smoke and smoking, chronic dry eye is something that can easily be avoided and treated.
Have you ever looked someone in the eye only to notice that their eye looked a bit clouded over? That cloudiness is caused by an eye disease called cataracts. By forcing your vision to become blurred and skewed, cataracts is an eye condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Primarily caused by age, cataracts are also common amongst smokers. Many doctors believe that cataracts occur in smokers because of the oxidation process.
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Smoking cigarettes are not only bad for your heart and lungs, but they are also bad for your eyes. If you would like to learn more about your vision health or if you would like to schedule an eye examination, contact Keamy Eye and Laser Centre today!