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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109

Kill tobacco before it kills you: Ocular additions

Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan, Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication19-Dec-2016

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Anubhav Chauhan
Pine Castle, Near Mist Chamber, Khalini, Shimla - 171 002, Himachal Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2349-4220.195948

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Chauhan A, Gupta L. Kill tobacco before it kills you: Ocular additions. Int J Adv Med Health Res 2016;3:109

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Chauhan A, Gupta L. Kill tobacco before it kills you: Ocular additions. Int J Adv Med Health Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Mar 29];3:109. Available from: https://www.ijamhrjournal.org/text.asp?2016/3/2/109/195948


We read with interest the excellent article by Selvaraj et al.[1] We applaud the authors for discussing the challenges in tobacco control. We would like to draw attention to some important issues pertaining to ocular morbidity caused by tobacco smoke. The risk of various ocular diseases is known to be increased by tobacco smoking. These conditions include nuclear cataract, age-related macular degeneration, retinal ischemia, anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, Graves' ophthalmopathy,[2] idiopathic ophthalmoplegia,[3] tobacco amblyopia,[4] and conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia.[5] The list of ocular morbidities attributable to tobacco smoking is much more. While life-threatening complications of tobacco smoking have received much attention, the ill effects of smoking on eye health are often underappreciated. We would like to emphasize that adequate knowledge needs to be shared on various aspects of ocular involvement in smokers.

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Selvaraj R, Kar SS, Lakshminarayanan S. Kill tobacco before it kills you! Int J Adv Med Health Res 2016;3:40-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
Moradi P, Thornton J, Edwards R, Harrison RA, Washington SJ, Kelly SP. Teenagers' perceptions of blindness related to smoking: A novel message to a vulnerable group. Br J Ophthalmol 2007;91:605-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
Hoffmann A, Barth A, Perthel U, Steffen HM, Brunner R, Allolio B. Vascular risk factors in patients with ophthalmoplegia. Med Klin (Munich) 1990;85:459-62.  Back to cited text no. 3
Rizzo JF 3rd, Lessell S. Tobacco amblyopia. Am J Ophthalmol 1993;116:84-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
Napora C, Cohen EJ, Genvert GI, Presson AC, Arentsen JJ, Eagle RC, et al. Factors associated with conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia: A case control study. Ophthalmic Surg 1990;21:27-30.  Back to cited text no. 5


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