Smoking and your vision

29 September, 2014

Adverse — and often fatal — health effects of cigarette smoking such as heart disease and cancer are all too familiar, but sight-threatening vision and eye conditions such as macular degeneration are not common knowledge.

Macular degeneration

Specsavers’ clinical spokesman, Dr Nigel Best, says: ’A smoker is three times more likely to suffer from macular degeneration as they get older than a non-smoker. Stopping smoking at any age significantly reduces this risk.’


It's never too late to quit smoking and enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and, ultimately, a healthier body. Quitting smoking at any age can reduce your risk of developing many sight-threatening eye conditions.


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