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How Smoking Impacts Your Vision – Eye Tips Paducah, KY

How Smoking Impacts Your Vision- Eye Tips Paducah, KY

Smoking doesn’t do it. This phrase was something that we were taught, and it is a valuable lesson. Smoking not only affects your lungs but also harms your eyes.  Most people are unaware of the effects that smoking has on vision, and we are here to tell you all about it.

Eye Disease and Smoking

Most people are fully aware of some of the impacts that smoking has on the body. From Lung cancer, bad teeth, and even heart disease, smoking can really do some damage. However, it can cause several vision issues and even eye diseases. The issue is the cigarette smoke is made up of toxic chemicals that can affect your health and has been connected to cerebral lesions that affect the part of your brain that controls vision.

Tobacco, which is the main ingredient in almost all cigarettes is known for causing different vision issues. Some of the major issues are diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and macular degeneration also known as AMD. Besides causing major issues, getting smoke in your eyes can cause irritations and even dry eye syndrome. We have included a list of conditions that can occur from smoking below.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Impact of Smoking

A not so commonly known cause of diabetes is smoking. Smoking can raise the risk of developing diabetes by 40%, and it also can increase retinopathy as well.  A person with diabetes can have damaged blood vessels in their retinas. This can cause the blood vessels to leak blood into the eye. This leak in the worst-case scenario can deprive the retina of its oxygen resource and result in permanent blindness.

Dry Eye Syndrome

If you experience dry eye syndrome, you most likely deal with red, itchy, and even gritty eyes. This is a common eye issue that is commonly characterized by insufficient tears to keep your eyes lubricated. The tears are not composed of the correct balance of mucous, water, and lipids to maintain proper eye lubrication.


Heavy smokers are more at risk to develop cataracts, which is the leading cause of blindness.  Cataracts are often described as clouded, doubled, or blurred vision, and reduced night vision. There however is a solution which is Cataract surgery.

Saving Your Vision From Smoking

Quitting smoking can immediately affect your health in a positive way. Breaking the habit is vital, and once it is done your body will begin to heal, helping prevent any further vision issues. We at Brush Optical care about your health and we are here to make sure your vision is at its best.  If you have been experiencing any eye issues in the Paducah, KY area please give us a call.  



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