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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I'm Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

About 14 million people ages 12 and older have vision problems. Although 80 percent of these problems can be corrected with glasses, that still leaves a lot of Americans with more serious problems in sight. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Jinan Saaddine notes eye exams can help to spot issues early, before people notice problems themselves, and preserve sight.

``Usually the early symptoms could be blurry vision, difficulty reading, hard to see the billboard, difficulty driving at night. But the major eye diseases have really no early signs.''  (12 seconds)

Saaddine says people can protect their sight by not smoking and by exercising and maintaining a healthy weight to reduce the risk of diabetes, which can lead to blindness.

Learn more at hhs.gov.