Harvard Women's Health Watch

Common vision problems in women

Don't ignore vision problems—get them diagnosed and treated now, so you can preserve your sight.

Once we get past 40, many of us have to reach for our reading glasses or turn up the lights to see clearly. Our near vision gets blurry, and we become more prone to age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

"It's the normal aging of the eye," explains Dr. Laura Fine, clinical instructor in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. "Changes within the lens become more pronounced, and the retina needs more light as we get older." Many of these conditions are mere annoyances. Others are progressive sight stealers that can lead to blindness if not treated.

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