Smoking gives you a much higher risk of going blind

If you smoke, or spend time around smokers regularly, then you have a near-40% higher risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness.

“This study and other studies suggest that the cigarette smoking may increase the chance of macular degeneration worsening, which in turn, can increase the chance of losing central vision”
Dr. Neil Bressler, an ophthalmologist with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, August 2014.

Study on data from the 1988-2008 Beaver Dam Eye Study on almost 5,000 adults, by Chelsea Myers, a researcher with the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, as published in Ophthalmology, June 19, 2014.

Posted: Friday 8 August 2014