Harvard Women's Health Watch

Are you wearing the correct eyeglass prescription?

Every time you see your eye doctor, make sure you're leaving with the appropriate vision correction.

There comes a time when you start to notice your vision isn't as sharp as it used to be. Maybe you have to hold books and newspapers farther away from your eyes—the result of a change in your focusing ability, called presbyopia. Or, the world might look more blurred and faded than it once did, possibly because of an eye disease like cataracts or macular degeneration.

Get any signs of vision loss checked out and treated. "You need to be seen yearly for an eye exam, because a lot of eye diseases can happen as women get older," advises Dr. Mark Bernardo, clinical instructor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Correcting vision problems improves more than just your ability to read and watch TV. Wearing the right glasses or contact lenses can help you avoid a fall and injury.

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