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Life Without Smoking for Healthy Eyes

In everyday life, our eyes are threatened by many factors such as the pace of work, air pollution, and stress. Smoking has a great influence on macular disease, which occurs in particular in old age. Surgeon Dr. Fevzi Akkan from Dünyagöz Etiler Hospital said: “Macular degeneration, commonly known as yellow spot degeneration, is a disease seen in the retina. It is more common in older patients and can lead to severe vision loss if not diagnosed and treated promptly. In addition to factors such as diet, hereditary factors, and high blood pressure, smoking is one of the main factors that cause this disease.”

Emphasizing the importance of quitting smoking to prevent macular degeneration, which has symptoms such as loss of vision, impaired or distorted vision, darkening of the eyes, and deterioration in the quality and color of vision, surgeon Dr. Fevzi Akkan said: “Unfortunately, to prevent age and hereditary factors may not be possible. However, a healthy diet is of great importance, as well as quitting smoking, which is the most harmful among the factors. From a nutritional standpoint, avoiding high-cholesterol foods and following a diet rich in vegetables and fruits will provide disease prevention benefits.”

Pointing out the importance of vitamin supplements in the treatment of macular degeneration, surgeon Dr. Fevzi Akkan said: “Vitamins that effectively protect the health of our eyes are now being actively used in the treatment of several diseases. In preventive treatment, we use lutein and zinc, as well as antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. In addition to therapeutic nutrition, intraocular injection, which is applied by numbing the eye with drops, also helps us achieve effective results without pain.”



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