Protect your sight, say goodbye to tobacco!

12 de April de 2022

Tobacco use represents a serious threat to our ocular health and it can lead to or worsen certain ocular pathologies, reason why our specialists advise all smokers to quit.

Two of the most severe eye diseases associated to smoking are Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.

  • One of the risk factors to suffer AMD is tobacco use. The risk to suffer this pathology is 5 times higher in smokers.
  • Glaucoma, tobacco use can cause failure of the aqueous humor drainage system, a very important system to keep ocular pressure stable, one of the main risk factors to suffer this pathology.

Moreover, smokers are more likely to suffer from eye dryness, due to tobacco toxic compounds that can cause irritation and ocular dryness. In fact, these chemical substances can also accelerate the degenerative process of the crystalline and, therefore, cause cataract. When it comes to the orbit area, statistics have shown that exophtalmos (bulging eyes) related pathologies, such as thyroid orbitopathy, are more present in young and smoker women. As we can see, while tobacco is not directly triggering, it worsen these diseases. Same happens to some skin degenerative processes, as tobacco use increases face dermis vulnerability, which is the most fragile and exposed part of the body.

IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
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By car

GPS navigator coordinates:
41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”


Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+376) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa


Monday to Friday, 08:30 A.M – 13:30 PM / 15:00 PM – 20:00 PM

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