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Tobacco contains thousands of compounds that are toxic and potentially damaging to your eyes. Research suggests that smokers are up to four times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than non-smokers. AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in the UK. Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts. Smoking can make diabetes-related sight problems worse.

The best thing you can do for your eyes is to stop smoking. In some areas, optometrists work with the NHS in providing smoking cessation services to help you quit. Ask your optometrist if they can help you. The NHS Smokefree website is full of tools and advice to help you quit and stay smoke free or call Quitline on 0800 00 22 00 and speak to a trained QUIT counsellor.

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