; Valparaiso Doctor on Smoking & Eye Health Risk

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Valparaiso Doctor on Smoking & Eye Health Risk

Valparaiso Ophthalmologist Scott Buck, M.D., an eye doctor at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center shared information about eye health risk and smoking. “In addition to performing eye surgery and laser treatments, one of my roles as an eye physician and surgeon is to help patients become aware and knowledgeable about their eye health risk and ways to prevent eye disease where possible,” commented Dr. Buck. ”Smoking can have a great effect on your eyes-especially in terms of your risk of cataracts and age related macular degeneration,” he explained.

Avoiding smoking, or quitting, is one of the best investments you can make in your long-term eye health. Smoking-even in your teens or twenties when your senior years seem far away-increases your future risks for cataracts and age related macular degeneration (AMD). The more a person smokes, the greater the risks. In general, if you quit smoking the risks of these eye diseases decreases to approximately the same level as if you never smoked at all. Keep in mind that smoking also increases your risk of cardiovascular disease which also can affect your eyes. Besides the vascular problems mentioned smoking and even being around smokers and their second hand smoke increase the likelihood of dry eye.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about eye health risks and smoking or might need an eye exam for any eye problem, condition or disease please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser and we will be happy to help.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso, IN is staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. We are conveniently located for patients seeking eye care from throughout northern Indiana including La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Chicago, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete.