Diseases related to cigarette smoking now include age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. AMD is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the US, with smokers up to four times more likely to develop the disease as nonsmokers, according to a recent study from Great Britain.
Sheila West, professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, says since we are already on the verge of an epidemic of AMD related blindness due to our aging population, this is yet one more reason for smokers to quit.
There's reason to recommend smoking cessation now not just for general health, but for a number of other conditions to which are now added prevention of cataract and macular degeneration.
Smoking is more likely to be related to the severe forms of AMD and more likely to result in blindness.