Navigation Links
Eyeglass Change Might Keep Elderly From Falling
Date:5/26/2010

Wearing single-lens glasses while outside reduced falls among active, 'outdoorsy' elders, study says

WEDNESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Older people might avoid falls if they take off their bifocal or multifocal eyeglasses while taking part in outdoor activities and rely on single-vision lenses instead, a new study suggests.

As people age, they often develop difficulty seeing things at close range, even if they already wear glasses to see at a distance. Instead of using multiple pairs of eyeglasses, they often turn to multifocal lenses -- bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses.

But multifocal eyeglasses can affect balance and increase the risk of falls, research suggests.

For their study, published online May 25 in the BMJ, Stephen Lord, senior principal research fellow at Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in New South Wales, Australia, and colleagues recruited 606 people over the age of 65 who were at risk of falling and who used multifocal lenses when walking outdoors.

About half of the participants were prescribed a pair of single-lens distance glasses to use when outdoors and in unfamiliar places.

Over 13 months of follow-up, all falls among those who used the single-lens distance glasses fell by 8 percent compared to the control group. Among those who regularly spent time outdoors, falls decreased by about 40 percent. But outside falls increased among those who rarely went outdoors, suggesting that the single-lens glasses aren't a good alternative for those people.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has details about preventing falls in the elderly.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, May 25, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. GlassesUSA.com Adds Designer Yoshi Ayaka Eyeglasses to Catalog
2. Electronic Payment Exchange Enters its Tenth Year of Issuing Tokens for Securing Credit Card and ACH Transaction Data
3. Social marketing changes with times to promote social change
4. Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Linked to Gene Change
5. New Book Says Good Stress and Probiotics can Change Your Life
6. Simple change results in fewer unnecessary imaging exams for patients
7. 'Winds of Change with Jivi' Breathes New Life to Daytime Talk Show Landscape in Canada
8. Insightful Case Study Details How Electronic Payment Exchange Saved a Global Firm More Than $3 Million in PCI-Related Costs
9. CA-125 change over time shows promise as screening tool for early detection of ovarian cancer
10. The New 2010 Modernized Medicare Supplement Plans: Positive Changes in the Midst of Health Care Reform
11. Small Changes in Two Genes May Trigger Breast Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief ... a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly ... lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Georgia (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awards today at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte ... have authored journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, ... Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners ... extensive sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at ... responsible for leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and other difficult to transfect cells, announces ... Medium. The PluriQ™ G9™ Gene Editing System is a complete system ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... 2022" report to their offering. ... with kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by ... and thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: