Friday, January 1, 2010
Quit Smoking - Save Your Vision
A UCLA study reveals that smoking increases risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 65. AMD damages the macula, the retina's center allowing us to see fine details. Cigarette smoking may increase AMD risk by reducing serum antioxidant levels, altering blood flow to the eyes and decreasing retinal pigments.
The effect is significant, even for individuals over 80 years of age ... so it really is never too late to quit.