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3 Eye Diseases of the Aging — Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

As boomers age, they may face cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration

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En español l Eyes may not be a window to the soul, as poets have claimed, but eyesight is certainly a window on the world. As boomers age, however, millions of them will struggle with some kind of eye disease. Over age 40, an estimated 25 million people have cataracts and more than 2.5 million have glaucoma; more than 2 million men and women over age 50 have age-related macular degeneration.

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