Happy New Year!

As 2019 is upon us, we are all scrambling to keep our resolutions. According to statista, the statistics portal, 53% of American’s are looking to save money in the new year while 45% are looking to improve their health. So, we decided to LOOK at something that can save you both money and health, smoking cession!

In this day in age, we know smoking isn’t good for you. It can create health risks like cancer, emphysema, heart disease and more. What you may not know is that smoking is also bad for your VISION.

With over 4,000 different chemicals in cigarette smoke, it isn’t a surprise that smoking can do some major damage. But what are those risks?

Although smoking has decreased over the 50 years—from 52% to 25% of adult men, and from 35% to 19% of adult women—the decline has slowed over the last two decades. If you or someone you love has smoked in their lifetime it is crucial that they see an eye doctor regularly to get retinal imaging or dilation. These tests can show the optometrist any warning signs that vision could be decreasing.

First of all, we need to look at the biggest point above. A QUARTER OF AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION is DIRECTLY associated with smoking. This can cause vision loss and blindness.  

By the same token, if you suffer from vision loss, vision deterioration is already occurring. If eye disease can be caught early, it is more likely to be treatable or the disease can be delayed. If you haven’t already, schedule your annual eye exam with us today!