Air pollution linked to higher risk of irreversible sight loss

Air pollution linked to higher risk of irreversible sight loss

Large UK study found small pollution rise associated with more cases of age-related macular degeneration

Small increases in air pollution are linked to an increased risk of irreversible sight loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a large UK study has found.

Previous work had already found a link between dirty air and glaucoma and a link to cataracts is suspected. The scientists said the eyes have a particularly high flow of blood, potentially making them very vulnerable to the damage caused by tiny particles that are breathed in and then flow around the body.

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