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Don’t be blurred about the risks of smoking…

Did you know that as a smoker you are TWICE as likely to lose your vision compared to a non-smoker?

Smoking and exposure to smoke have been linked to significantly increase the chances of developing eye diseases such as:

    • Cataracts  – the clouding of the lens in the eye.
      Smokers tend to develop cataracts at an EARLIER age than non-smokers.
    • Macular-Degeneration – an eye condition affecting the central part of the retina.
      Smokers are up to FOUR times more likely to develop the condition than non-smokers.
    • Uveitis – a condition where the middle layer of the eyeball becomes inflamed).
      Smokers are TWICE as likely to develop the condition than non-smokers.
    • Dry eye – sore, itchy and watery eyes.
      Smoking often causes this condition or makes it WORSE.
    • Diabetic retinopathy – blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye becoming damaged.
      Diabetic Smokers increase their risk of developing retinopathy which can lead to PERMANENT loss of vision.

Despite the clear connection of suffering from sight loss or sight impairment, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, according to a poll by the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

It’s never too late to benefit from stopping smoking, despite over half of the public (51%) saying they aren’t sure whether long-term smokers would see an improvement in their eye health if they quit. An additional 11% believe there would be no improvement as the damage has already been done.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

PUT A S-T-U-B  TO IT:



S =  STOP

If you’re a smoker, QUIT. Stopping smoking is one of the best steps you can take to protect your vision. Did you know that in the UK over 60% of those who currently smoke say they want to stop?

T = TALK

There’s lots of free help available to aid you. You’re much more likely to stay a non-smoker with the right support. Find all the quitting advice and tips you need on the NHS Smoke-free Website.

U = UNDERSTAND

Understand that quitting is the single most beneficial thing you can do to protect YOUR eye health.

B = BOOK

Book an appointment to visit your optometrist if you’re worried about your eye health.

 

Whether you smoke or not, remember that your optometrist can provide a full eye health check as part of your routine appointment. Visiting regularly can help identify and treat eye conditions and detect diseases early.

We recommend that you have a sight test at least every two years, or more often if your optometrist recommends it.

 

QUITTING IS SEEING!

 

References:

  1. Research surveying 2006 UK adults, conducted by Opinium between 14-17 June 2019
  2. 2017 OFNS survey data

 

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