“Can smoking increase the risk of eye diseases?” The San Diego, CA eye care professionals of Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry are asked this question on a fairly regular basis, most often by smokers during a routine comprehensive eye exam. In most cases, they already know the answer, or at least strongly suspect it, but are hoping that we will provide them with some reassuring statistic or other response that will help to soften the blow.
Unfortunately for them, smoking is as hazardous for the eyes as it is for every other vital organ of the human body. Indeed, if you are a smoker, please know that you are actively endangering your vision. We are informing you of this not as a judgment of your lifestyle choices, but simply to make you aware of the facts. While the vast majority of adult smokers are fully aware of the effects that smoking can have on their lungs, hearts, skin, and mouths, many do not realize how harmful smoking can be to their eyes.
Smoking puts you at heightened risk of a variety of eye diseases and disorders. The best thing you could do for your vision is to quit smoking immediately. We understand how difficult that can be; please contact your physician who can help you find resources to help you quit. If you are resolved to continue smoking, then please be sure to undergo annual eye exams to stay abreast of conditions that could be developing.
Here are just a handful of the ways that smoking could be contributing to your risk of developing serious eye diseases:
To learn more about how smoking can increase the risk of eye diseases, please contact Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry today.