Vision Loss and Smoking

Smoking tobacco can cause lung disease, heart disease, cancer, and many other serious health problems. But did you know that smoking can also harm your eyes?

Here are some eye problems that are made worse by smoking:

dry eye

This occurs when your eyes do not produce enough – or the right kind of – tears. When you smoke while you have dry eyes, your eyes are more likely to feel scratchy, sting, burn, or be red.


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Diabetic retinopathy

Optic nerve problems


Pregnant? Smoking can harm your baby’s eyes.

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