Smoking does a lot of harm to the eyes. The smoke itself can cause the eyes to dry. Chemicals in cigarettes are linked to various ocular diseases. Smoking increases your risk of developing cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.
Wear Protective Eye Wear
If you work at a construction site, hospital, or laboratory use eyewear that can protect your eyes. Protective eyewear varies depending on where you are at. Getting a foreign object or chemicals in your eyes can lead to serious damage that can result in blindness.
Ultraviolet light is linked to a lot of ocular diseases. A very common example is cataracts. Ultraviolet rays harden the lens overtime causing an inability of the lens to focus light on the retina. When light is not focused on the retina, it causes blurred vision and eventually blindness.
Other eye diseases linked to ultraviolet light include photokeratitis, pinguecula, pterygium, and macular degeneration. Make sure to wear sunglasses especially if you are staying under the heat of the sun all day.
Get Your Eyes Checked
Even if you do not have any vision impairments as of the moment, get a baseline eye disease screening and other vision tests at least once a year. This allows for early detection of any degenerative diseases in the eye. Macular degeneration in its early stages does not cause any type of blurred vision and would only manifest signs once it is almost beyond treatment.