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Thanks to public health campaigns, most people are aware that smoking is detrimental to the heart and lungs, as well as numerous other organs in the body.  In fact, almost every system is susceptible to negative effects of smoking–including the eyes.  

Our vision and eye health can suffer extensively from habitual (or even occasional) smoking, mainly by increasing a person’s disposition for age-related eye diseases.  Here are some that warrant attention.

  • Cataracts

Did you know that cataracts are the number one cause of blindness worldwide? Early signs of cataract growth include muted colors, sensitivity to light, impaired night vision and blurry or double vision.  Surgeries to remove cataracts have become relatively standard and low-risk procedures. So while it’s possible to regain vision, heavy smokers are 3x more likely to need a cataract removed; regular smokers don’t fare much better at 2x the risk for cataracts compared to non-smokers.

Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
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