AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO INCREASED RISK OF IRREVERSIBLE VISION LOSS


28/01/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- According to a nearly 15-year study in an article in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, air pollution, especially in developed countries, can cause permanent vision loss in individuals.

In 2040, 300 million people over the age of 50 are facing the possibility of going blind, especially due to air pollution and age-related eye spots (AMD-yellow spot disease), the study found.

In a study, which started with more than 115,000 patients who are complained of eye conditions in 2006, scientists made a link between AMD and air pollution, which also causes heart and lung diseases.

According to the results of the research, it was found that individuals exposed to air pollution were 8% more likely to develop AMD disease than people living in rural or clean air areas.

Robert MacLaren, who is Professor of ophthalmology at Oxford University and Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Oxford Eye Hospital said, "The relationship between AMD disease and smoking was well known. However, this new finding on atmospheric pollution will further contribute to the climate change debate," he said.


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