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First Author: S.Tongal TURKEY
Co Author(s): S. Kalender M. Salkaya
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To determine the smoking habits in patients with keratoconus.
Dunya Eye Hospital, Atakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
We asked smoking habits of 132 keratoconus patients who diagnosed with topographically. Non-smokers were defined as those who sometimes smoke and who had never smoked. Smokers were defined as those who smoke everyday.
Of the 132 keratoconus patients, 49 were female, 83 of them were male. While 101 keratoconus patients ( % 76,51) were non-smoker, 31 patients (% 23,48) were smoker.
Most of the keratoconus patients dont prefer smoking. That may be because of the allergic tendency of these patiens. Usually they irritate from smoke and dont like. In other aspect , smoking may lead to cross-linking of collagen in the cornea and may prevent the progression the keratoconus but further studies are needed in this regard.