Blurry vision can increase the fall risk in older adults.

By: MDA Admin

Blurred vision refers to a lack of sharp vision resulting in the inability to see fine detail. Blurry vision may result from abnormalities present at birth such as nearsightedness or farsightedness that require corrective lenses (glasses) or it may signal the presence of eye disease. Blurry vision can also be a symptom of numerous conditions that do not directly involve the eye, such as migraine or stroke. A number of medications may also lead to temporary blurring of vision as a side effect.

Blurred vision has been associated with the increase of falls in older adults. The American Academy of Optometry actually says new glasses could do more harm than good. If there is a significant change in your eyeglasses prescription it could cause objects to appear closer or farther than they actually are.  This could cause you to misstep and fall. If you have a history of falls or might be at risk for falling switching to bifocals or progressive lenses would not be advised. When seeing your eye care professional make sure to discuss any concerns that you may have related to balance.

Source: NEI, American Academy of Optometry and healthy living

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