Bifocals and Fibro

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MsBrandywine, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. MsBrandywine

    MsBrandywine Member

    I recieved this in an email and thought it was worth posting.. Its indicating seniors but.. with the fms and ones with our balances affected or off kilter. I thought it was worth sharing...

    Bifocals: Focus on the Risks

    In 1784, Benjamin Franklin created bifocal glasses so he could see
    clearly up close and far away using the same lenses. He suffered
    from presbyopia, or loss of flexibility in the eye lenses, as do
    virtually all people by their 50s. Despite their obvious
    convenience, bifocal glasses may be dangerous for the elderly,
    based on a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics
    Society.

    Falls in seniors are common and can have severe consequences, such
    as hip fractures and even death. Researchers examined a possible
    link between multifocal glasses (bifocals, trifocals or
    progressive lenses) and risk of falling in more than 150 people
    ages 63-90. Subjects also were examined to assess different visual
    abilities while wearing the lenses.

    Seniors who wore multifocal glasses (nearly all wore bifocals)
    were more than twice as likely to fall over one year as those who
    did not, and even more likely to fall due to tripping, when
    negotiating a staircase or when away from home. These individuals
    also performed significantly poorer on tests of depth perception
    and edge-contrast sensitivity.

    As you get older, consider owning two separate pairs of glasses if
    you have presbyopia - one pair for near vision, the other for
    distance. Although keeping two pairs may be less convenient, it
    may save you from a dangerous fall. If you insist on wearing
    multifocal lenses, remember to be especially careful when
    traveling outside of your home and on uneven surfaces.

    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2002:50(11), pp.
    1760-1766.
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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I wear a monovision contact in one eye. It is for reading. My brain decides which eye it will accept info from. When reading, it accepts its info from the eye with the reading contact.

    I wear progressive lenses in my glasses which are great for working on the computer because no matter the range, it's always in focus.

    Love, Mikie
  3. MsBrandywine

    MsBrandywine Member

    the lens that you mentioned?