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UC Davis Health System Eye Center research has found that visually impaired individuals and those those who could benefit from glasses to achieve normal vision but donÛªt wear glasses ÛÓ have a significantly greater risk of diminished balance than individuals with normal vision.
The research suggests that vision may play an important role in calibrating the vestibular system, which includes the bones and soft tissue of the inner ear, to help optimize physical balance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls among older adults alone cost the U.S. health care system over $30 billion in 2010. One in three adults age 65 and older falls each year, and of those who fall, 20 percent to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around or live independently, and increase their risk of early death.