February 4, 2014
Our eyes change a lot as we age, but new research shows that a pair of eyes may not change in quite the same ways. A recent study revealed that anisometropia, defined as a significant difference in prescription between the two eyes in one of four areas, increases with age. In the study of 120 seniors, most cases of anisometropia were related to differing degrees of farsightedness between the eyes, while others were caused by unequal blurring of the lens of the eye.
These findings highlight the importance of appropriate vision correction among older adults. Uncorrected anisometropia is likely to lead to vision disturbances that may contribute to falls in the elderly, the researchers noted. Learn more about the study and anisometropia in this article.