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Smoking is a major risk factor for Macular Degeneration

Many people are carefully watching their diets as just one preventative measure in the fight against Macular Degeneration. It's also common to take one of the many eye-specific multi-vitamins on the market that claim to help prevent Macular Degeneration. What's not a clearly understood in the public is the relationship between smoking and Macular Degeneration. 

In a review of a British Journal of Ophthalmology article published in 2005, it was written that,  "the authors have demonstrated a strong association between the risk of both GA and CNV and pack years of cigarette smoking. This provides support for a causal relation between smoking and AMD. They also show an increased risk for AMD in non-smokers exposed to passive smoking. Stopping smoking appears to reduce the risk of developing AMD."

It's never easy to quit smoking. But adding one more reason to quit may be just enough movitation to help some make it through the transition from smoker, to non-smoker.



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