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 Quitting Smoking Reduces the Possibility to Suffer from Macular Degeneration

26/11/2010

It is known to all that smoking is bad for health. As for eye heath, every cigarette you smoke is causing damage to your vision. Macular Degeneration is a potential eye disease that would be caused by smoking.

Macular degeneration is a disease that causes progressive damage to the macular, the central part of the retina that allows us to see fine details. As the macula degenerates, people would experience blurring or darkness in the center of their vision. There are two types of macular degenerations, the dry one and wet one. The dry macular degeneration is a more common form, which accounts of 90% of all macular degeneration. In spit that there are a lot of medications can be used to diagnose this disease, however, a complete cure is impossible. Therefore, the best way to be away from Macular generation is to minimize the possibility to suffer from it.

Statistics show that the emergence of Macular degeneration is closely related to the risks caused by smoking, apart from aging, for smoking would contribute to damages to retina. It is researched that smokers have a double chance to suffer from Macular degeneration and the non-smokers living with smokers are more probable to develop into Macular degeneration.

To remind people the bad affects upon vision health, an organization of Prevent Blindness America is designated to the month of February. It is to educate the masses on this disease and introduce them ways to avoid it. It also reminds people to have a regular eye check from eye care professionals every year, in light of the fact the Macular degeneration cases in number are ballooning up to about 3 million in the year of 2020.

Many people would neglect the side effect posed by Macular degeneration until one day they find themselves difficult to read books and see the fine details. And even some would not realize the importance of preventing the development of Macular degeneration until one day they lose their vision. Therefore, it important to be aware of the seriousness of Macular degeneration and have a knowledge of preventing it, such as quitting smoking and eating healthy foods, including green leafy vegetables, foods rich in Vitamins E and C, beta carotene and zinc.

Are you aware of the fact that smoking affects your own eye now? If you are, quit smoking immediately.

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