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Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998

Tarango nets titles in Kidz Pageant

Sarah Mae Tarango, two-year-old, won first place in the
Royalty Division at the Kidz Pageant held at the Midland
Center, Feb. 15. She was presented with a trophy.

Little Sarah was awarded the "Queen" title for her age class
and also placed second in the Beauty Division and received a

She is the daughter of Barbara Tarango of Pecos and the
granddaughter of Kitita Tarango also of Pecos.

Eye problems can occur

You may not feel old when you reach 40, but chances are your
eyes will.

Nearly 90 percent of people over 45 are wearing glasses all
or most of the time.

"It's a normal biological phenomenon," said Dr. Richard
Lewis, profssor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of
Medicine in Houston. "Our tissues are not infinitely
elastic. We develop wrinkles in our skin, we develop gray
hair and we begin to lose the ability of the lens to focus
up close."

While some people experience blurred vision as they age,
others will witness more subtle changes in vision. Eye
strain and fatigue are common complaints from people who
have their eyes too close to their work.

To help focus on the fine print and relieve stress on their
eyes, many people in their 40s turn to over-the-counter
reading glasses.

"These are acceptable for the average person who isn't
unusually nearsighted or farsighted and who doesn't have a
significant problem with astigmatism," said Lewis.

"They are made for the average face, which means the center
of the lens may not line up properly with the eyes," said
Lewis. "An eye-care professional should make the necessary

While reading glasses can be effective for people in their
40s and 50s, Lewis says the glasses should not take the
place of a complete, regular eye examination. Middle age is
when the most common form of glaucoma begins to appear and
other common diseases, such as diabetes, have potential
complications inside the eye.

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