Be Careful With Those New Glasses!

Fall 2007 CSANews Issue 64  |  Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.Back to list

If you’ve got a new pair of glasses, be careful – you may be a bit off balance. Researchers observed 616 people over 70 who received either an eye exam and subsequent treatment (e.g., new glasses, glaucoma treatment, cataract surgery) or no exam or therapy. Sixty-five percent of treated patients reported falling at least once over the next year, compared with 50% of the untreated group. Researchers theorized that vision changes – even improvements – take time to get used to. Better vision might also allow more activity, thus raising the risk of falling.

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