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Clouded vision: The effects of smoking on your eyes

21 february 2018

Press release

SMOKERS in Britain are being urged to stub out their cigarettes and put down their vapes in a bid to avoid potential sight loss and eye irritation.
 
In support of No Smoking Day (March 13 2019), Specsavers is warning of the risks smoking can pose such as dry eyes and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which can result in blindness.

Specsavers clinical spokesperson, Dr Nigel Best says: ‘While traditional tobacco smokers remain the most at risk of developing AMD, research also indicates that vapour from e-cigarettes can cause irritation and lead to dry eye syndrome.
 
‘AMD affects around 600,000 people[1] in the UK alone and smokers are more likely to suffer from this eye condition than non-smokers. The condition is most common in people over the age of 50 and smoking increases the risk of contracting it.’
 
Dr Best adds: ‘Dry Eye Syndrome can also be extremely uncomfortable as the surface of the eye becomes inflamed. This inflammation further damages the cells which are responsible for tear production, resulting in a vicious circle of increasing inflammation and dryness.
 
‘Another condition to be aware of is glaucoma. While there is no evidence that smoking itself is a risk factor for glaucomatous damage, older smokers do have a higher risk of developing increased eye pressure compared to non-smokers.
 
‘That is why this No Smoking Day we hope people really take note of the risks and stub out their smoking habit.’
 
Go to www.nhs.uk/smokefree for more support materials.  For further information or to book an eye test visit: https://www.specsavers.co.uk/