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Most Patients Blind to Risks of Smoking

Most Patients Blind to Risks of Smoking

Most patients are unaware of the link between smoking and blindness despite a strong belief that it causes harm amongst healthcare professionals, found a new study commissioned by eye hospital group Optrega.

The research, unveiled during National Eye Health Week, showed 70 per cent of UK adults did not know that smoking could lead to blindness.

Among healthcare professionals questioned, 82 per cent of optometerists said there was a link between smoking and poor eye health, and 56 per cent of GPs agreed. They considered smoking the biggest cause of eye health problems - ahead of diet, genetics and UV rays.

Sundeep Kheterpal, opthalmic consultant surgeon from Optrega Eye Healh Care said "Most people are aware of the association between smoking and heart and lung disease, but smoking is bad for the eyes as well. Smoking can be a significant risk in causing diseases such as dry eye, circulatory blockages, macular degeneration and subsequent severe loss of vision - another reason to give up the habit."

(Article taken from The Optician)

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