|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 224
Smoking: A different perspective
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Pine Castle, Near Mist Chamber, Khalini, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||13-Jul-2017|
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Pine Castle, Near Mist Chamber, Khalini, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Chauhan S. Smoking: A different perspective. CHRISMED J Health Res 2017;4:224
We read with great interest the excellent article by Jena and Purohit. We applaud the authors on discussing the challenges but would like to make interesting contributions which are often missed in manuscripts related to smoking. The authors in their introduction have discussed various diseases associated with smoking, but two important aspects have been ignored, i.e., ocular and oral system.
Various ocular diseases are caused by smoking. These are nuclear cataract, age-related macular degeneration, retinal ischemia, anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, Graves' ophthalmopathy, idiopathic ophthalmoplegia, and tobacco amblyopia  to name a few. If the oral cavity is taken into account, then decrease in alveolar bone density, periodontitis, implant failure, gingival pigmentation, tooth decay, tooth loss, and delayed tooth development are seen.
Regretfully, most of the health institutes do not focus on the ocular and oral examination in such cases. Adequate knowledge needs to be shared on all aspects of ocular involvement in smokers.
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