In our last article we talked about the negative effects that smoking has on your teeth and overall health. Did you know that smoking can affect your eyesight as well?…

How Smoking Can Affect Your Oral Health
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How Smoking Can Affect Your Eyes

In our last article we talked about the negative effects that smoking has on your teeth and overall health. Did you know that smoking can affect your eyesight as well?

How Smoking Can Affect Your Eyes Infographic

Prevention

Perhaps you weren’t aware that smoking can damage your eyesight. You might be asking, “So, what now?” What can you do about improving your eyesight if you are a smoker or have smoked in the past? Take these steps toward healthier habits, and, eventually, healthier eyes:

  • Quit Smoking. The reality is that if you take every other step you can and follow your doctor to the letter – yet continue to smoke – your eyesight will not improve. After all, it is the smoking that causes the damage in the first place.
  • Visit an Eye Care Professional. Once you go to an eye doctor, they will be able to help you assess your situation and think through appropriate next steps to take. If you have any questions concerning your optical health, they are the ones to ask!
  • Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol.
    • Exercise – Incorporate exercise into your weekly schedule – daily if you can. Head to the gym or stroll around your neighborhood.
    • Control Diet – Make a routine diet plan with certain meals that are good for you. Talk to your doctor about what your health specifically needs.
      • Foods to Eat: Fish, Fruits and Citrus (high fiber), Leafy Greens, Vegetables, High Vitamin C & E
      • Foods to Avoid: “Bad Fats” (butter, fatty meats, etc.), Trans Fats (increase LDL choler sterol)
  • Stay Active. As well as exercising, think of innovative ways to stay away from the “couch potato” stereotype. Try things like:
    • Invest in a standing desk. Standing burns 50 calories an hour.
    • Walk your dog. He needs to get out anyways.
    • Clean the house.
    • Join a dance class!

It can be difficult to take the steps needed for better health. But we promise, not only will you see better, you’ll feel better, too!

What next steps are you willing to take to improve your eyesight? Let us know in the comments below!

Katie is 1Dental’s copywriter and social media marketer. She aims to promote dental health through new blog posts heavily researched and sourced by topic and social media updates and outreach. Katie has completed her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. You’ll find her posting regularly on 1Dental’s social pages: Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

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