Risks as Far as the Eye can See

Do our loved ones & friends KNOW ?

  • Note taken from Health Sciences Institute e-Alert – Jenny Thompson – 12/18/15

Dear Reader,
It looks like the thicker they come, the harder YOU fall!
New Year’s is just a few days away — and you know what that means, right? Your mailbox is about to be flooded with reminders for your annual physical, cancer screenings and even eye exams.
With so many people making resolutions to improve their health, it’s like Black Friday for the medical industry.
But before you make that appointment with your eye doctor, there’s an urgent health warning that you need to hear.
For millions of Americans, getting a stronger, thicker pair of glasses every year has practically become an annual tradition. But, believe it or not, this trend could put you at risk for a fall that could cost you your independence — or even your life.

Risks as far as the eye can see

There’s nothing more frustrating — or frightening — than when your vision starts to fade.
You keep moving that recliner closer and closer to the TV to watch your favorite shows — and struggling to read road signs when you drive can be downright dangerous.
But getting a new, stronger pair of glasses can actually put you at risk of a serious and even deadly fall, especially during the early days when you’re still adjusting.
Dr. David Elliott, a professor at the University of Bradford in the U.K., has spent his career analyzing the dangers of reduced vision and vision correction.
As many as a third of healthy older adults fall every year, and poor eyesight is a common culprit.
But eyeglasses that are too strong, Dr. Elliott warns, can up your risk of falling as well. The older you are, the more difficulty you may have in adapting to new lenses, especially if you’re getting your first pair of progressive lenses or bifocals.
They can be notoriously difficult to adjust to, and can easily lead you to take a tumble down the stairs or trip over something on the floor.
And if you already wear pretty strong glasses, you know they can cause distortion in your peripheral vision. Things can appear to be closer — or even farther away — than they actually are.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your eyes and reduce the risk of your glasses causing a serious fall.
#1: According to Dr. Elliott, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Which means that lenses shouldn’t be changed if you’re having no problems with your vision.
#2: Always be wary of accepting a prescription for a significantly different type of lens than you’re used to wearing, especially if you’re at a greater risk of falling. Talk to your doctor about alternative options you might be more comfortable with.
#3: Load up on supplements like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin that are proven to support good eye health. They just might keep you from needing a stronger eyeglass prescription to begin with.
To Your Good Health,
Jenny Thompson
“New glasses may increase risk of falls in older adults, suggests review” Science Daily, sciencedaily.com

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