Smoking increases risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
It is common knowledge that smoking is bad for your lungs, but did you know that it is also bad for your eyes? According to recent studies, smokers have double the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a loss of central vision, compared to those who do not smoke.
The millions of people who have AMD or the pre-symptomatic signs, need to be aware that smoking is the only established modifiable risk. Smoking can cause severe vision loss, even for passive smokers. This is why regular eye exams are so important for people that smoke.
However, according to Johanna Seddon, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, and Director, Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, “The strongest and most important message regarding prevention of AMD is do not smoke.”
13-15 million Americans have pre-symptomatic signs
Affects six million Americans
Leading cause of vision impairment among Americans 65 and older
Older Americans are more likely to lose their vision due to AMD than from glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy combined
AMD is an eye condition that needs to be taken seriously. If you have AMD make sure that you stop smoking to prevent further vision loss. For those smokers who do not have AMD, consider quitting so you can keep your body and your vision healthy.