Effects of tobacco smoke exposure in individuals with retinitis pigmentosa

Takeaway

  • Smoking tobacco had a detrimental effect on the integrity of the retina in individuals with retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

Why this matters

    RP is a rare, genetic neurodegenerative disease affecting the retina. Individuals with RP can experience severe visual field defects which can eventually lead to blindness. Smoking tobacco has been associated with neurodegenerative diseases and may increase or induce the risk of many eye conditions. The results of this study demonstrate the detrimental effects of smoking on the integrity of the retina.