Cataracts- This condition is a clouding of your natural lens and is the leading cause of blindness. If you smoke, you are at a higher risk of developing cataracts. Studies showing that smokers double their chance of forming cataracts with the risk increasing the more they smoke.
If you are a smoker, you can have a three-fold increase in your risk of developing macular degeneration when compared to a non-smoker.
Uveitis- This condition causes inflammation in the middle layer of the eye known as the uvea. This condition harms the iris and retina, which can lead to other vision complications such as glaucoma or a detached retina. Smoking has been linked to this condition and makes you twice as likely to develop uveitis.
Diabetic Retinopathy- This condition damages the blood vessels in your retina and can result in loss of vision. This condition is caused by type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and smoking can double your risk of developing diabetes.
Thank you for being a valued patient at Dittman Eyecare. Unfortunately, as you most likely already know the governor of PA, Tom Wolf mandated all non-life sustaining businesses close their doors immediately. As eye care providers that means we are allowed to only to take care of ocular emergencies.
As of now here are our plans:
At Dittman Eyecare we want you to know that we thank you for trusting us with your eye care needs. We also wish everyone stays healthy and keeps a positive mindset in these trying days, and we look forward to when we can open our doors and go back to business as usual!
Please reach out to us if any questions.