Second-Hand Smoke May Harm Children’s Eyesight

Second-Hand Smoke May Harm Children’s Eyesight

Researchers found damage to the part of the eye that supplies oxygen to photoreceptors.

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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