E-cigarettes, or e-cigs, have been very popular the past few years. Many people use them to help stop their addiction to nicotine, to stop smoking regular cigarettes, or simply because they love the taste of the many flavoured options. However, experts have discovered that e-cigs could actually be bad for our vision.
E-cigs can damage our vision? How?
According to Dr. Nigel Best from Specsavers, the chemicals found in e-cigs can cause damage to our eyes, throat, and nose. These chemicals can potentially contain 5 to 15 time more formaldehyde, a colorless pungent gas in solution made by oxidizing methanol, than regular cigarettes. They also can contain propylene glycol, a liquid alcohol that is used as a solvent, in antifreeze, and in the food, plastics, and perfume industries, which can cause eye and respiratory irritation and affect the nervous system and spleen.
In addition to all of those, e-cigs contain even more chemicals that can damage blood vessels in the part of the eye responsible for detailed vision, leading to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects around 600,000 people in the UK alone.
Dr Best also said: “Although e-cigarette research is still in the early stages and the long-term effects are yet to be established, there are early indications that some types can cause irritation in the form of dry eye.”
Are you or a loved one using e-cigs? Are these facts making you more reluctant to using them? They certainly don’t bring many good news…