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Ophthalmologists' and optometrists' attitudes and behaviours regarding tobacco cessation intervention
  1. J S Gordon,
  2. J A Andrews,
  3. E Lichtenstein,
  4. H H Severson,
  5. L Akers,
  6. C Williams
  1. Oregon Research Institute, 1715 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Judith Gordon;

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Although health care providers can be effective in motivating and helping patients to quit their tobacco use,1–7 the potential role of eye care professionals has been under recognised. Several chronic ocular diseases are associated with smoking,8 including formation of cataracts and age related macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness).8,9 As a cardiovascular risk factor, smoking may also play a role in the development of anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy.10 In addition, smoking may increase the risk of ocular disease from other disorders, such as diabetes, the main cause of blindness in persons 20–74 years of age.11

Before developing a tobacco cessation intervention for eye care professionals, it is essential to assess the current status of tobacco cessation activities in routine eye care. We sent a 12 item …

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