New concerns about the effects of cigarette smoke and our eye health are the topic of a current research study.
The report comes from ongoing research on the dangers of tobacco smoke on the healthy cells in the eyes.
Studies have proven smoking tobacco can contribute to some debilitating eye problems as people age. Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts are the big three.
Three Leading Causes of Blindness
These three eye conditions are some of the leading causes of blindness and severe vision loss in the world’s population. They happen in the inner eye: the optic nerve, retina, and lens. Now, we are learning how the surface cells in the eyes can become damaged.
The newest studies have researchers in Japan and Turkey reporting how heated tobacco devices, and smoking cigarettes can contribute to killing the surface layer of eye cells exposed in the cornea and tear glands.
Toxins in Tobacco Smoke Harm Surface of Eyes
Smokers are also twice as likely to experience dry eye syndrome, which can lead to impaired vision and the development of other eye conditions.
The eye cells are vulnerable and constantly under assult when experiencing firsthand or in close proximity to second hand smoke. The toxicity of the smoke emits aerosols that float into the eyes or just centimeters from their cellular surface.
You can read details on how the entire study was conducted and how scientists came to their conclusions. Potential methods and products to help protect the eyes are a topic of discussion and will be part of future studies.