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…