Poor Vision and Dangerous Falls Plague Many U.S. Seniors

By E.J. Mundell

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Millions of American seniors have severe vision impairment, and with it comes the risk of a fall that could lead to disability, a new report finds.

About 2.8 million seniors are thought to have severe vision impairment — defined as either blindness or difficulty seeing, even with eyeglasses, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 1.3 million of these older, vision-challenged Americans fell at least once in 2014, the new CDC report said.

Experts say the link between vision and balance is crucial, especially as people age.

Falls “represent a major source of disability and can lead to prolonged recoveries and lengthy stays in hospitals and long-term care facilities,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

He said that hip and leg or arm fractures, as well…

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