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Aug 27, 2019

Blindness Causes: 5 Unexpected Things That Can Make You Go Blind

by: Tania Tarafdar

Going blind is one of the worst nightmares you could haveYour mum probably told you that sitting too close to the TV would wreck your eyes but turns out, that there are plenty of other things that can harm your vision and potentially lead to blindness. And while some causes of vision loss are not preventable, you are probably guilty of at least a few of them. Here’s why your eyesight may be at risk.

1. Smoking

Smoking can harm your vision beyond repair. The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause the blood vessels to constrict. This limits the blood flow and amount of oxygen to the eyes. Over time, cigarette smoke can damage ocular cells and prolonged exposure leaves little chance for the cells to heal. According to the CDC, smokers are two times more likely to get macular degeneration which eventually leads to blindness. Smoking also makes you more likely to get cataracts.

2. Early Menopause

Early menopause not only changes the way your body behaves but it also leads to vision problems. The hormonal shifts associated with early menopause can trigger vision changes. Women undergoing menopause are predisposed to getting glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and lead to blindness. But early menopause increases the risk of developing glaucoma over two times. So if you have hit menopause before 45, you must go for regular eye check-ups.

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