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The Association of Optometrists (AOP) tackle smoking and eye health in their first public campaign

Smoking and its impact on eye health seems to be one of the topics at the top of the eye health awareness agenda this year. Earlier this month, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) launched a public eye health campaign to address the link between smoking and vision loss. But what is the campaign all about, and why now?

Smoking and eye health | Voice of Optometry

The campaign comes off the back of the AOP’s Voice of Optometry survey results. The survey found that of the members who participated – including 1000 panel members – almost all respondents regularly see patients with a condition that can link to smoking. 97% of respondents also called for more information for patients on the impact of smoking on eye health.

Stub out your cigarette not your vision

Following the results of the survey the AOP has developed a national campaign, “Stub out your cigarette, not your vision”, which targets areas with a high population of smokers across the UK.

For more information on the campaign, you can visit the AOP website, by clicking here, to download a campaign pack. The campaign is also featured on social channels. You can get involved using the hashtag #StubItOut.

About smoking and eye health

Many people are aware that smoking can cause heart disease and lung cancer; however, many people don’t realise that smoking can lead to serious eye conditions and even vision loss. Studies show smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome, as well as so many other health issues. As you probably know, there are many different ways to quit smoking, and there is no one size fits all treatment to kick the habit.

Help and support

The NHS SmokeFree website has helpful tools and advice to support you in quitting and staying smoke-free. Click here to go SmokeFree.

You can speak to a trained counsellor for advice on how to quit by ringing Quit on 0800 0022 00. Visit their website here.

Visit the No Smoking Day website for information to help you quit.

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