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Common vision problems in women

Cataracts, dry eyes, and presbyopia are several eye conditions that become more common as women get older. Impaired vision can affect the ability to drive and lead to falls. Having an eye exam every year or two can pick up eye problems early, when they’re most treatable and before they can cause vision loss. Simple steps, such as wearing sunglasses and not smoking, can also help preserve sight.
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