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One of the most immediate effects of quitting smoking is how blurry your eyes get. It happens to everybody, and it's a very common symptom. It's not a huge problem, as long as you have good vision to begin with. If you don't, it may cause some problems early on in those first few days.

You may find yourself blinking a lot, your eyes watering, and maybe even some itching. Although quite bothersome, it DOES go away. It's just a reaction of your eyes not getting the smoke they are used to getting. It's all part of the process. It should go away in a few days.

It's for sure one of the first symptoms. For me, it started once the cravings became really intense on Day 1. It didn't happen right away, but a few hours later when the cravings were fierce.

If you have to work that first day, be prepared for it. You're going to be dizzy, and your eyes are going to be watering. It's nothing to worry about. In fact, I bet you'll even take a step back and totally realize what's going on, and maybe even laugh about it.

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Everyone who quits smoking will tell you it. If you are wondering why this is happening, it's because your eyes are responding to a lack of smoke being blown at them. Do you think all that you exhale doesn't hit the membranes of your eyes and affect them, too? Of course it does. Your eyes absorb nicotine just like your mouth and nose. When you quit, you take away that source, so your eyes are going to react. Luckily, it isn't painful.

At its peak, I felt dizzy and, at times, felt like falling over. I lost focus a few times, so I lost my balance. It also made my eyes dry, so I was using eyedrops to keep them moist and wet. But I just let it ride out. I still went about my daily life. It didn't prevent me from doing anything.

If you have responsibilities that first day, just be prepared for some dizzy moments and possibly some loss of balance. It doesn't last all day. It goes through waves, just like the pain of withdrawal. It's never constant.

It may be a good idea to have some eyedrops handy, so you can keep your eyes moist and wet throughout the day. They are going to be dry, so be prepared for that. People might think you're hungover or that you got less sleep than normal. It's OK, let them think that. You know what's really going on.

I wish all the symptoms of withdrawal were this simple. It's too bad they aren't. This is the least of your worries, that's for sure.

One thing that is for sure is this...

As soon as this symptom hits, you know your body is healing itself. It's actually a good sign. It means you're on the road to recovery and becoming your old self. Accept it with open arms. It's just one little obstacle in the grand scheme of things. It's worth it.


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