The Reading / Listening - Eye Damage - Level 2

Scientists are warning that smokers are in danger of damaging their eyes. Smokers are two times more likely to lose their vision than non-smokers. Smoking damages the lungs and heart. Not many people know it also damages the eyes. The Association of Optometrists (AOP) started a campaign to tell people about the danger of smoking to the eyes. The campaign is called "Stub it out". The word "stub" means put out a cigarette by pushing the end against something; "stub it out" is saying, "stop smoking". The AOP said only one in five people thinks smoking damages the eyes.



The AOP explained why smoking harms the eyes. Cigarette smoke gets in the eyes and causes different problems. The smoke contains poisons that can damage the eyes. It also contains small pieces of metal like lead. This can get into the eyes and lead to cataracts - a problem that causes the eyes to become cloudy. People with cataracts need an operation to restore their sight. Smoke can also worsen sight problems for people with diabetes. The AOP said smokers are also three times more likely to damage eye muscles. The AOP has said smokers should quit.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eye Damage - Level 0 Eye Damage - Level 1   or  Eye Damage - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2019/07/02/smoking-significantly-increases-risk-developing-eye-disease/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48824720
  • https://www.aop.org.uk/advice-and-support/for-patients/eye-conditions/smoking-and-eye-health


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. two times more likely to lose
  2. non-
  3. Not many people
  4. started a campaign to tell
  5. The campaign is
  6. The word "stub" means put
  7. "stub it out" is saying,
  8. one in
  1. "stop smoking"
  2. know
  3. five people
  4. their vision
  5. out a cigarette
  6. people
  7. called "Stub it out"
  8. smokers

Paragraph 2

  1. Cigarette smoke gets
  2. It also contains small pieces of
  3. a problem that causes the eyes
  4. People with
  5. an operation to restore
  6. worsen sight problems for people
  7. three times more likely to
  8. The AOP has said smokers
  1. damage eye muscles
  2. cataracts
  3. should quit
  4. metal like lead
  5. to become cloudy
  6. their sight
  7. in the eyes
  8. with diabetes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists are warning that smokers (1) ___________________ of damaging their eyes. Smokers are two (2) ___________________ to lose their vision than non-smokers. Smoking damages the lungs and heart. Not many (3) ___________________ also damages the eyes. The Association of Optometrists (AOP) (4) ___________________ to tell people about the danger of smoking to the eyes. The campaign is called "Stub it out". The word "stub" means put out a cigarette by pushing (5) ___________________ something; "stub it out" is saying, "stop smoking". The AOP said only one in five people thinks smoking (6) ___________________.

The AOP explained why smoking (7) ___________________. Cigarette smoke gets in the eyes and causes different problems. The smoke (8) ___________________ can damage the eyes. It also contains small (9) ___________________ like lead. This can get into the eyes and lead to cataracts - a problem that causes the eyes to become cloudy. People with cataracts (10) ___________________ to restore their sight. Smoke can also (11) ___________________ for people with diabetes. The AOP said smokers are also three times more likely to damage eye muscles. The AOP has said (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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s.Smokingdamagesthelungsandheart.Notmanypeopleknowitalsoda
magestheeyes.TheAssociationofOptometrists(AOP)startedacampai
gntotellpeopleaboutthedangerofsmokingtotheeyes.Thecampaignis
called"Stubitout".Theword"stub"meansputoutacigarettebypushingt
heendagainstsomething;"stubitout"issaying,"stopsmoking".TheAO
Psaidonlyoneinfivepeoplethinkssmokingdamagestheeyes.TheAOPe
xplainedwhysmokingharmstheeyes.Cigarettesmokegetsintheeyesa
ndcausesdifferentproblems.Thesmokecontainspoisonsthatcandam
agetheeyes.Italsocontainssmallpiecesofmetallikelead.Thiscangetin
totheeyesandleadtocataracts-aproblemthatcausestheeyestobeco
mecloudy.Peoplewithcataractsneedanoperationtorestoretheirsight.
Smokecanalsoworsensightproblemsforpeoplewithdiabetes.TheAOP
saidsmokersarealsothreetimesmorelikelytodamageeyemuscles.Th
eAOPhassaidsmokersshouldquit.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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