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Smoking and Eye Health

Smoking is an addiction that leads to many preventable diseases. Most people know about the lung and heart conditions caused by smoking but are not aware of how bad smoking can be for your eyes. Your eye health is important to our team at Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. If you live in or around Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, Montpelier, or Littleton, schedule a visit with one of our eye doctors today for a check-up. Let’s take a look at some of the eye conditions that could be more likely if you are a smoker.

Cataracts

Cataracts are cloudy spots that develop on the lens of the eye. One or both eyes may be involved. Usually, it takes years for them to become developed so that surgery can be performed to correct the lenses. They are very common, more than 50% of Americans will get them or have them removed by the time they are 80 years old. If you smoke, you are twice as likely to develop cataracts as someone who doesn't smoke. The more you smoke, the higher the likelihood you will get them.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in those over 65. While aging itself is a cause of macular degeneration, if you smoke, you are three times as likely to develop this disease. If you are a female and are over 80 you are 5 times as likely to suffer compared to a non-smoker. As bad as this news is if you stop smoking you can decrease your chances of getting it. It is never too late to benefit from quitting smoking.

Uveitis

Uveitis is a disease of the uvea of the eye. This disease affects the structure of the eye and can result in a cataract, glaucoma, or a detached retina. One study indicated that smokers are more than twice as likely to develop uveitis than non-smokers.

Contact Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. for Quality Eye Care

If you are a smoker who is concerned about the damage that smoking has done to your eyes or if you are just due for a routine eye exam, give us a call at one of our offices for an appointment. Call one of our four convenient locations in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, Montpelier, and Littleton.

Office Hours

Lancaster | 150 Main St Lancaster, NH 03584

Monday - Thursday:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

St. Johnsbury | 468 Hospital Dr. St. Johnsbury, VT

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

Montpelier | 114 Main St Montpelier, VT 05602

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

Littleton | 580 St Johnsbury Road, Littleton NH

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

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