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Does Cigarette Smoking Lead to Vision Problems?

Smoking poses a threat to nearly every organ in your body, and the eyes are no exception

“I regret the day I ever started,” a friend once told me in reference to smoking. “I wish I’d put all that time, money, and effort into something else.” At the time, I didn’t really know what my friend was saying, so I brushed it off. But now, I completely understand and offer the following advice (better late than never, I guess). By the Numbers: If it’s not yet completely obvious, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States (it outpaces obesity and alcohol by a long shot). According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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The Dangers of Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

If a sedentary lifestyle leads to obesity or even diabetes, permanent vision loss can be the result

I’m not exactly sure who coined the term, “Sitting is the New Smoking.” But the first time I heard it, I figured it wasn’t true. Nothing is the new smoking. Smoking will always be smoking. And the consequences of smoking are as dangerous as they’ve always been. To bolster my point, if you smoke, you have to pay for your cigarettes. If you smoke in New York City, you’re paying upwards of $13 a pack. Now, I’m not great with numbers, but I’m pretty sure it all adds up. Throw in the price of your long-term health, and it’ll cost […]

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How Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Affects the Eyes

Blood pressure rises & falls throughout the day, but it can damage the heart AND the eyes if it stays high for a long time

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries which carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. It normally rises & falls throughout the day, but can damage the heart and cause health problems if high for a long time.” Since a vast amount of American adults have high blood pressure (or hypertension), it’s easily the most common systemic disease in the United States. The condition occurs when blood pressure reads 140/90 mmHg or higher (normal resting state is 120/80 mmHg). […]