Smoking around kids may harm their vision as their eyes are still developing, according to US News & World Report.
Second-hand smoke has long been linked to increased risks for cancer and stroke in adults, and asthma, lung infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in children. Now a new study suggests that the risk of changes in the eye that may cause vision problems in kids.
Researchers in Hong Kong found that children who were exposed to second-hand smoke had thinning in the choroid, a layer of tissue that contains tiny blood vessels that nourish the eye.
“Our results suggest a potential harmful effect of second-hand smoking on children’s ocular health and development,” said lead researcher Dr. Jason Yam, an associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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