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How smoking increases your chances of getting blind

According to a study conducted by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) in the United Kingdom, when you smoke you risk losing your eyesight or developing an eye disease.

“Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared to non-smokers,” the research says.

Smoking could damage your vision or cause total blindness.
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According to AOP, a person who smokes is four times likely to get the age-related macular degeneration (AMD) disease. The disease, which is mostly contracted by the aged, takes away the ability to read and recognize faces.

The UK-based organization continues to say that smoking doubles your chances of getting cataracts. The cataracts cloud your eye lens and as a result compromise your vision.

Other eye conditions that can be brought about by smoking include dry eye and uveitis.

However, the situation becomes worse if you smoke when you have diabetes.

“If you suffer from diabetes, smoking increases your risk of developing retinopathy, where the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye become damaged. This often causes blurred vision and dark spots and can lead to permanent loss of vision,” the AOP research notes.

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