There’s no doubt that tobacco smoking exposure could potentially harm your health. Cardiovascular disorders and cancer are the most common health problems associated with cigarette use. However, a significant body of evidence has showed that smoking increases one’s chance of developing eye disorders. Here at our Ohio optical practice, we would like to emphasize the importance of leading a lifestyle that will help you avoid eye problems as much as possible.
Effects of Cigarette Smoke on Eye Health
Eye care professionals are now encouraged to educate clients on the damaging effects of cigarette smoke on eye health. The following eye conditions are found out to be associated with cigarette smoke use and exposure:
Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration – This review of studies figured out that there is a “causal relationship between cigarette smoking and both cataract and age-related macular degeneration.” Furthermore, this study revealed that smoking is a major cause of irreversible visual impairment and cataract surgeries in New Zealand.
Dry Eye – Irritants such as tobacco smoke influences the occurrence of dry eye wherein the individuals affected do not produce enough tears or doesn’t have any tears at all! Tears act as lubricants and are very vital to a clear and smooth vision.
Strabismus and Allergic Conjunctivitis in Children – Smoking during pregnancy has been associated with the occurrence of strabismus in children. Also, allergic reactions in children are heavily associated with exposure to tobacco smoke.
Retinopathy of Prematurity – This condition occurs in infants with very low birth weight or too young gestational age. Abnormal blood vessels tend to grow on the newborn’s retina which in turn increases their risk of strabismus, glaucoma and worst, blindness.
Thyroid Eye Disease (also known as Graves’ ophthalmopathy) – This eye problem is characterized by the inflammation of the eye itself and the cushioning fat in the eye socket. Smokers who have the condition have reportedly poorer outcomes than non-smokers.
Visiting Your Ohio Premier LASIK and Cataract Center
A visit to Dr. Roholt’s clinic in Ohio will assess several eye problems such as whether you need to have a new prescription or if you need to have certain vision therapies to improve visual functioning.
Contact any of our three offices today for a personal consultation — call us at 330-305-2200 or fill out any of these patient forms. We look forward to your visit!