Electronic cigarette users across the UK are being warned that e-smoke may cause eye-irritation. This year Specsavers is supporting No Smoking Day, Wednesday 9 March 2016, by educating smokers and e-cigarette users about the potential damage they are doing to their eyes.
Traditional tobacco smokers remain most at risk
Traditional tobacco smokers remain most at risk, with double the chances of developing an eye condition known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) while research indicates that smoke from e-cigarettes can cause eye irritation such as dry eye.
A few words from Dr Nigel Best
Specsavers’ clinical spokesperson, Dr Nigel Best says: ‘AMD affects around 600,000 people 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.
E-cigarette research still in early stages
Dr Best warns: ‘Although e-cigarette research is still in early stages and the long term effects are yet to be established, there are early indications that some types can cause irritation to the eyes in the form of dry eye.’
No Smoking Day
He adds: ‘This No Smoking Day we’re urging smokers to use No Smoking Day as an incentive to give up and make an appointment for an eye examination. Smokers could even donate the money they save from buying cigarettes to a cancer or sight-related charity.’
Call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 0224 332 to speak to an advisor on quitting smoking. Alternatively visit Smoke Free NHS for more support materials.
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