Smoking "can damage your eyesight"

Smoking "can damage your eyesight"

People who smoke are putting their eye health at risk in the long term, according to one expert.

Vision specialist Darla Carter said that people who smoke are not only placing their overall health at risk, but also increasing the likelihood that they will develop conditions which make their eyesight deteriorate, such as cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.

She explained: "It"s never good for you. We know that it increases risks of cataract formation, for example. People who smoke have two times the risk of having macular degeneration than those who do not smoke."

Ms Carter added that, as macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the Western world, quitting smoking could be vital to long-term eye health.

It comes after the American Academy of Ophthalmology recently advised people who want to protect their eyesight to wear sunglasses whenever they are in the sun, even if they usually wear Contact lenses .

by Alexa Kaczka

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