Can You Read This?

One morning the name of the town on the road map you're reading seems unnecessarily small. Then you notice how microscopic the print on the medicine bottle has become. How the addresses in the phone book have become exasperatingly inscrutable. And how they're just not printing paperback novels very well anymore: the text seems like one big blur.

Welcome to the world of the incredible shrinking word. Fading sight is a common sign of aging, as are a host of more serious vision problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Others have been here before, of course. But because baby...

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