NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. commented on research demonstrating that smoking causes an increased risk of cataracts. “It is pretty well accepted that smoking increases the risk of vascular disease and more recent studies show an increased risk of glaucoma and age related macular degeneration among smokers as well-so it may not be such a surprise that smokers are at greater risk of cataracts,” commented Dr. Modi. According to researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, patients who are current smokers or who have any history of smoking are at increased risk of getting a cataract. The researchers found that the current literature suggests that smoking was associated with increased risk of age related cataract, especially nuclear cataract and to some extent posterior subcapsular cataract. They further recommended that additional efforts should be made to confirm these findings and clarify the underlying biological mechanisms.
Andreas Wolter, M.D. of Seeta Eye Center further commented, “We are well aware of the importance of healthy lifestyle and diet choices in preserving eye health and vision-whether for lowering your risk of cataracts, keeping the tiny blood vessels in the eye functioning properly or minimizing the associated risks of glaucoma-it’s important to avoid smoking as a lifestyle choice.”
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