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Want healthy eyes? What to know at 40 and beyond
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Another potential eye problem that comes w/age, particularly for people w/severe nearsightedness in one eye or both is macular holes. “A macular hole is a small break in the macula, located in the center of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina. The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail.” Smoking increases the odds of it happening as well–something no optometrist, opthalmologist, internist, family practitioner ever told me while I smoked, although I disclosed that I smoked and it was probably easy to smell the tobacco smell on my clothes.
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