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Women at Higher Risk of Eye Diseases

(CNN) — Our vision may seem a little blurry with age. However, doctors have a very clear message.

“For those who have not had an eye exam, just realize that there are a lot of eye diseases out there and virtually all of them can be slowed or some even prevented if we do an annual eye exam and pick those conditions up,” said ophthalmologist Dr. Barry Lee.

According to a recent study by the group Prevent Blindness America, women more often than men have leading eye diseases and conditions that threaten their vision. In fact, females are more likely to be visually impaired or blind.

Prevent Blindness America wants to educate women of this fact, although they stress the importance of baseline exams for everyone at age 40.

Here are some other things all people can do as they age to protect their vision: Follow a healthy diet. Include dark, leafy greens. Don’t smoke. Always protect your eyes from UV rays, and, make your doctor aware of any family history of eye disease.

They say good health is important to maintaining good vision.

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