Friday, September 5, 2014

Smoking linked to risk, progression of macular degeneration

By Shereen Lehman

NEW YORK Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:03pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who smoke, or have smoked a large number of cigarettes over time, are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration or to have it worsen sooner, according to a long-term study.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that results in damage to the central part of the retina and is a leading cause of blindness among Americans over the age of 50.

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