Every October, the NHS runs a Public Health England campaign to encourage smokers to quit – Stoptober. There are many health risks for those who smoke, which I’m sure most of you are aware of (e.g. the risk of heart attack, heart disease, lung cancer and many other health conditions). But did you know it can affect your eye health too?
Not many smokers are aware that they are twice as likely to lose their sight compared to non-smokers. Smoking can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions, some of which can lead to permanent loss of vision.Source: NHS
Not many smokers are aware that they are twice as likely to lose their sight compared to non-smokers. Smoking can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions, some of which can lead to permanent loss of vision.
There are a few health reasons why smoking is bad for your eyes which we will explain below:
There are some major eye conditions that can be caused or made worse by cigarette smoking, and it is important that you are aware of these, especially as eye health isn’t always the first thought of the effects of smoking. Here are a couple of these eye health conditions:
Other common eye conditions that can be affected by smoking include dry eye syndrome (smoke can irritate the eyes and result in insufficient lubrication of the eyes) and problems with contact lenses (again, the smoke could cause irritation to the eyes).
Passive smoking, i.e. being in the vicinity of someone who smokes, such as a friend or family member or smoking during pregnancy, can also mean that you can suffer these symptoms with long-term exposure to secondhand smoke even if you don’t smoke yourself.
The Stoptober campaign from the NHS and other physical health initiatives for quitting smoking can help smokers quit and reap the health benefits and financial gains too! Quitting smoking can help with lung function and oxygen levels and make positive changes to your body…including your eyes. It also, obviously, reduces the chances of the above eye conditions.
Regular eye exams with Opticall can ensure that any eye conditions caused by smoking can be diagnosed and monitored. Keep your eyes healthy by booking an eye test with us on 0208 8998 4228.
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