Blurred vision is an important risk factor for falls in older adults, but new glasses may actually do more harm than good, says an article in the American Academy of Optometry's journal.

Big changes in your eyeglasses prescription may cause objects to appear closer or farther than they actually are and lead to more falls, according to the author of the article, who advises that older people who have a history of falling down or who may be at risk of doing so not switch to bifocals or "progressive" lenses.

Be sure to discuss any balance issues with your eye doctor at your next appointment.

From our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living Fall 2014

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 11 Aug 2014

Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014