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Health Warning: Cigarette Smoking Can Lead To Blindness — New Reports - TheCityPulseNews.com
New reports have revealed that Cigarette smoking can result to major eye damage and eventually lead to blindness, this is according to the Association of Optometrists (AOP). Smoking can cause significant eyesight damage and increase the risk of sight-threatening conditions which eventually lead to blindness, a new research conducted by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) has found. According to the specialists, cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals that can irritate and harm the eyes on contact and these include heavy metals, like lead and copper, which could accumulate in the lens and lead to cataracts. In a poll organized by the optometrists’ organization, 18 percent of 2006 participants reported an increase in the risk of sight loss due to smoking while 76% percent linked it to other adverse health conditions like lung damage and cancer. “People tend to know about the link between smoking and cancer, but many people are not aware of the impact that smoking can have upon the eyes,” said Aishah Fazlanie, clinical and regulatory adviser and optometrist at AOP. READ MORE: SANWO-OLU PAYS UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO GENERAL HOSPITAL, MARINA {PHOTO}“Smoking increases the risk of sight-threatening conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, which is an important reason …