Age-related macular degeneration and smoking cessation advice by eye care providers: a pilot study
Preventing Chronic Disease
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Smoking is a modifiable risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States. We conducted a pilot study among eye care providers and AMD patients to assess smoking cessation preferences and cessation services offered at a large academic medical center. Most patients who smoke reported never being advised to quit smoking, although most eye care providers reported that they had advised smokers to quit. Two-thirds of providers expressed a desire for additional training and resources to support patient quit attempts, indicating the need for the integration of smoking cessation opportunities in the clinic setting.
Support for this study was provided in part by a National Eye Institute grant (no. R21-EY019096).
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Vol. 8 (6), article A147
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