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  Smokers more likely to go blind
Updated 05 March 2004, 10.03
Smoking has been linked to blindness
People who smoke are four times more likely to go blind when they get old than people who don't light up.

Campaigners now want the risk of blindness added to the scary warnings that are on a packet of cigarettes.

A study for the British Medical Journal found that around 54,000 people in the UK have eye problems from smoking and 17,800 of them are completely blind.

If people stop smoking they improve their chances of not losing their sight when they get older.

Most old people with sight problems have something called age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Smokers are more likely to have problems with AMD than non-smokers, although many non-smokers have problems with it too.

AMD results in very bad loss of central vision that can't be made better, especially in people over the age of 60.

There are 120,000 smoking-related deaths each year and smoking-related diseases cost the NHS 1.5bn annually.

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