Is Smoking Making you Blind?

Is it possible smokers delay quitting because the damage to their arteries, lungs and heart is not readily visible? Perhaps seeing (or more accurately, not seeing) the detrimental effects of smoking would make more people quit smoking sooner. If you need visible (or rather not visible…as in blinding) proof smoking has appalling effects on your health, you don’t need to go further than your eyes. As with the rest of your body, smoking has an appalling effect on your vision. If you smoke and need a few more reasons still to quit smoking, here are 5 reasons: Smokers have double the chances of getting cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens, and have triple the chances of developing macular degeneration, a blind spot in the center of our vision. The more you smoke, the greater your chances of forming cataracts … Read More

7 Foods and Vitamins for Healthy Eyes

There are many over-the-counter eye supplements that claim to prevent eye diseases. And while their claims might not have been fully corroborated, there is no arguing that eating a well-balanced, fresh and nutritious, whole-food diet will benefit your overall health, including your eyes. There are studies, however, that do show positive effects of particular vitamins and antioxidants on eye health. The antioxidant vitamins C, E, beta carotene and zinc have been proven to reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration by about 25%, according to the National Eye Institute’s original Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). Julie Mares, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, says data suggests Lutein and zeaxanthin could help vision improve in the younger population. This may be due to carotenoids which absorb blue light, which is especially … Read More