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Smoking and Low Vision

Oct 24

If you are a smoker, did you know that your risk of contracting various eye diseases and conditions increases? Here is some more information about how smoking affects your eyes, and what you can do to help:

Smoking and Cataracts

If you smoke, it is shown in studies that you double your chances of risking cataracts. The risk continues the more you smoke, so cutting down on your cigarettes (or not smoking at all!) can help. Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in the UK.

Smoking And Diabetic Retinopathy

Did you know that Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the UK? Smoking can double your risk of developing diabetes, which in turn increases your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy damages the blood vessels in the retina of your eye, which can lead to blindness.

Smoking and Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration causes blind spots, and affects the centre of the retina, which helps you with tasks such as driving and reading. Despite increasing your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), quitting smoking can significantly reduce your risk of developing AMD - so unless you already have AMD, there is still time to reduce the risk.

Smoking and Pregnancy

Unfortunately, smoking while pregnant increases the chances of eye disorders in babies, such as strabismus (having crossed eyes). Smoking also increases the chances of having a premature baby, which in turn increases the chances of the baby having eye problems compared to full-term babies.

Smoking And Dry Eyes

People who smoke are nearly twice as likely to have dry eye syndrome - which causes irritable eyes, itchiness, eye redness and watery eyes - compared to those who do not smoke. The tobacco smoke can particularly affect contact lens wearers - even if the smoke is second hand.

Smoking And Uveitis

Uveitis is the inflammation of the middle layer of the eye - referred to as the uvea. This eye disease can result in blindness, and chances are raised by - you guessed it - smoking.

Smoking and Eye Vitamins

There are eye vitamins which can help if you are a smoker, available to buy here.

PreserVision Lutein - Softgels Eye Vitamins Lutein Softgels Eye Vitamins is a version of the PreserVision Original Eye Vitamins specifically formulated as an alternative for people who have a high exposure to outdoor blue light, those who smoke or have smoked in the past, or those for whom a higher level of Lutein may be relevant. PreserVision Original vitamins for eyes has been formulated to enhance the dietary intake of important nutrients for eye health.

Research also indicates that smokers may have less Lutein and Zeaxanthin pigment in their macula. PreserVision Lutein Eye vitamins replaces the Vitamin A found in PreserVision Original with 10mg of Lutein making this version suitable for smokers.

Proper nutrition has been found by an increasing amount of research into eye health to be important in the treatment and prevention of age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration. PreserVision Lutein Softgel Vitamin supplements provide vital vitamins and antioxidants found to aid eye health. The easy to swallow pleasant once daily softgel capsules contain key nutrients from a group called cartenoids which have been found in research to be important in promoting healthy vision. Cartenoids include Vitamin C and Vitamin E. PreserVision Lutein Eye Vitamin Capsules contain these important nutrients which can also be found naturally in some coloured fruits and particularly dark, green, leafy vegetables. Zinc, Copper and other antioxidants, also important in maintaining healthy vision are also provided by PreserVision Lutein eye vitamin supplements to help maintain good eye health.

Softgel capsules of PreserVision Lutein eye vitamins you receive the essential vitamins required to help maintain strong healthy eyes and contribute to your body’s total vitamin requirements. PreserVision Lutein eye vitamins can provide the reassurance that you are giving your body key nutrients to support its wellbeing.

Daily intake of 2 capsules contains:

Vitamins and antioxidants:

  • Vitamin C - 452mg
  • Vitamin E - 268mg
  • Zinc - 69.6mg
  • Copper - 1,600µg

Macular Pigments

  • Lutein 10mg

These are available to buy here.

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