Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
https://ilovemyeyedoctor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/HaydenO-Footer-Logo.png $$

(508) 406-9342

facebook-square twitter-square instagram yelp chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down x phone location share chevron-thin-right calendar left-quote right-quote black-star-glasses-png eye book-appointment-maroon-icon-(1) types-of-services-white-icon-(1) location-white-icon next2 previous2 forward3 backward2 handshake-o

Mansfield, MA

508-339-3952

How Smoking Affects Our Vision

Every organ in the body can be harmed by smoking, and that includes the eyes.

The disease we usually think of when we hear “health risks of smoking” is lung cancer, but the damage smoking can cause isn’t limited to the lungs. A smoking habit can actually damage eyesight faster than disease, and there are a few different ways it happens.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that causes irreversible blindness. It is the deterioration of the macula, the central part of the retina where we see the sharpest detail. Smokers have triple the risk of developing AMD compared to nonsmokers. They’re also more likely to develop it up to ten years earlier than average for nonsmokers.

Increased Risk Of Cataracts

Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness, and smoking doubles the risk of developing them—for heavy smokers, it triples it! Early on, cataract symptoms include blurred vision, double vision, light sensitivity, faded colors, and reduced night vision. In most cases, it is possible to surgically remove them and reverse the vision loss.

Smoking And Retinopathy

Retinopathy most commonly affects people with diabetes, in the form of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which then bleed into the eye. If the diabetes isn’t very carefully managed, this can starve the light-sensitive cells in the retina of oxygen and lead to blindness. Smoking increases the risk of developing diabetes by 30-40 percent and increases the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

Secondhand Smoke And Vision

Secondhand smoke combines the smoke from the end of the cigarette with the smoke exhaled by the smoker. Not only does smoking affect the vision of the smoker, it can put the vision of everyone around them at increased risk too, in addition to many other negative health effects. Infants and young children are most likely to suffer from this smoke with asthma attacks, infections, and even SIDS.

Breaking The Habit

The good news is that smoking is the most preventable cause of vision loss, because we can either quit smoking or never start. Even someone with a long history of smoking can significantly reduce their risk of health complications by quitting. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of macular degeneration by six percent after just one year, and it also reduces the risk of developing cataracts!

[iframe https://www.youtube.com/embed/eubr_hyU01o?rel=0 620 349]

Make The Right Choice For Your Vision Health

If you want help to quit smoking, there are resources all around you. Support from friends, family, and even counselors can be the best help in quitting, and you can also check out the CDC’s website for tips and information. As your eye care specialists, we care deeply about your health, and we encourage you to quit smoking and schedule an eye exam so that we can assess the health of your eyes.

We care about the overall health of all our patients!

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Visit Us in Mansfield, MA

Discover everything our practice has to offer in person at our Main Street location.

Address

94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
Request Appointment

Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.

HALT

HALT

Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

Hayden Optometric is powered by WellFed Nutrition.

Well Fed Nutrition Logo