Did you know that cigarette smoke contains as many of 4,000 different chemicals (most of them toxic) including carbon monoxide? Chemicals like butane (found in lighter fluid), methane (sewer gas), ammonia (cleaner) and arsenic (poison). If that's not enough to stop you from smoking, check out these facts about smoking and your eyes.
- Smokers are 4 times more likely to go blind in old age.
- According to some studies, people living with a smoker double their risk of developing macular degeneration.
- Female smokers over the age of 80 are 5 1/2 times more like to develop AMD (age-related macular degeneration) than non-smokers of the same age.
- Children exposed to tobacco smoke have a 20% greater chance of developing allergic conjunctivitis.
- Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, and increase their risk of their baby developing crossed eyes and potentially a blinding disease called retinopathy of prematurity.
- Cataracts are the leading cause of vision and studies have shown that people who smoke double their risk of developing cataracts.
If you smoke please try and stop!