Smoking, Vaping and Your Eyes

  • Horvath Vision Care urges consumers not to use tobacco, as smoking can cause harm to eye health.
  • “Smoke is a major eye irritant, particularly for those who wear contact lenses,” said Dr. Jamie Horvath. “If you smoke and wear contact lenses, the tar and nicotine that deposits on your fingers can contaminate your contacts when you handle your lenses.”
  • Did you know? Individuals who use tobacco are more likely to develop eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and dry eye.
  • Smokers are 3x more likely to develop macular degeneration which seriously impairs your central vision making reading, driving, and seeing detail difficult.
  • Smoking doubles your chance of getting cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens.
  • There is no safe way to use tobacco. With smokeless tobacco, there is a greater risk of developing gum disease, mouth cancer, and staining your teeth.
  • While there may be some debate on the safety of e-cigs and vaping, they contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.
  • If you smoke and wear contact lenses, always wash and dry your hands before handling your lenses.

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