Many smokers are unaware of the link between smoking and several significant eye conditions, some of which may lead to total blindness. It is strongly recommended that smokers particularly  have regular eye checks, as some of the conditions are silent and can go undetected for many months or years.

The eye conditions associated with smoking are :

  • Doubling of the chance of forming cataracts, the condition where your clear lens becomes cloudy
  • Significantly increased risk of developing glaucoma, where the pressure within the eyeball increases and may damage the optic nerve
  • Smoking while pregnant is linked to strabismus ( cross eyes) and the underdevelopment of the optic nerve for the baby . Smoking also increases the risk of premature labour, with associated retinopathy of prematurity
  • Tripling the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which causes 'blind spots' in your vision
  • Doubling of the chance of suffering 'dry eye symptoms
  • Doubling of the risk of developing uveitis, an inflammation of the inside of the eye (uvea)
  • Doubling the risk of developing diabetes, with the associated blood vessel damage to the retina

To help with quit strategies and useful tools, look to or phone the quitline 13 7848

To find out more about the role Guide Dogs play in providing independence and freedom for people suffering from vision loss see

On a lighter note, to find out more about the Universe  as centred in a woman's eye, share with over 36 million others, the most amazing video and get an appreciation of how big things can be and how small things can be. Look at Cosmic Eye, posted on Facebook by The Science World on April 11, and created by Perth Astrophysicist Daniel Obreschkow




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