According to The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, 49% of men and 34% of women in South Africa are smokers. Although the detrimental effects of smoking to your overall health are well-documented, many South Africans are unaware of the damage smoking does to your eyes. Quitting smoking is most likely to prevent the following eye diseases and disorders:
Smoking is highly discouraged for pregnant women, as it transmits dangerous toxins to the placenta that can cause all manner of harm to the unborn baby, including vision problems. Complications include strabismus (crossed eyes), and the potential of an underdeveloped optic nerve, which can lead to blindness.