Tuesday, 12 Jan, 2010 Current Events

Quitting Smoking Can Prevent a Serious Visual Impairment in Time


It is well known that quitting smoking can reduce the risks of several types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It was proven that the healing process starts already in 20 minutes after you stop smoking. What is even more surprising is that people, who stop smoking at the age of 65, after long years of tobacco use, still decrease the risk to die from heart disease by about 50 percent.

In addition, a recent study revealed that by stopping smoking, aged women can decrease their chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Even though it doesn't lead to total blindness, the disease causes a serious visual impairment. ADM is the main cause of sight loss among Americans aged 60 and up. The illness leads to the formation of a blemish on the portion of the eye, responsible for the central vision. As a result, the person finds it difficult to read, drive, perform detailed work or even recognize the faces of those around.

The long-term study performed at the University of California, Los Angeles, aimed at figuring out the effects of smoking on the elderly women. Among around 2,000 women, participating in the study, 75 percent were smokers. The researchers compared the retina photos of the participants at the beginning of the study, when the women were around 78 years old, with the retina photos taken 5 years later, looking for signs of AMD, reports Health News. The study showed 11 per cent higher rate of AMD among smoking elderly women, compared to nonsmokers.

The basic conclusion of the study is that, it is never too late to give up smoking, even at an older age. The eyes can benefit enormously from quitting smoking even though the person is at a venerable age and has smoked for many years.

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