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Monday, September 30, 2013

NJ Surgeon on Cataract Risk & Smoking

“Smoking can increase eye health and cataract risk,” noted Cataract Surgeon Joel Confino, M.D. “Almost all of my patients seem to be well aware of the heart and vascular risks of smoking. We also know that smokers are at increased risk of glaucoma and age related macular degeneration as well. What may be news to smokers is that they are also at increased risk of cataracts,” stated Dr. Confino of The Eye Care & Surgery Center in Westfield, Warren & Iselin, New Jersey.

Patients who are current smokers or who have any history of smoking are at increased risk of getting a cataract according to researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. The researchers found that the overall current literature suggests that smoking was associated with increased risk of age related cataract, especially nuclear cataract and to some extent posterior sub capsular cataract. They further recommended that additional efforts should be made to confirm these findings and clarify the underlying biological mechanisms. A healthy lifestyle and diet are meaningful ways of maintaining eye health and vision-whether lowering your risk of cataracts, keeping the tiny blood vessels in the eye functioning properly or minimizing the associated risks of glaucoma-it’s important to avoid smoking as a lifestyle choice.

If you or someone you know feels they are at risk for Cataract development, has a question about cataracts, cataract surgery or lens implants please feel free to call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is a leading New Jersey eye care practice with offices at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830