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Balance problem: Difficulty walking wearing glasses

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For all sample adults, BALPLENS indicates had difficulty walking wearing glasses in the last 12 months. The questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol." The interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" if the respondent experienced this problem "for reasons OTHER than dizziness or balance. Examples include respondents who are in a wheelchair, are deaf, blind, don't have a driver's license, etc."

In 2008, the question for this variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


The supplement consisted of a total 205 questions (some of which were only asked based on a previous response). A summary of the topics included in the supplement is provided under BALDIZYR

Related Variables

Many other variables related to BALPLENS, such as those specifying problems, difficulties or fears related to balance, are included in the 2008 Supplement.


These include:

  • muscle weakness affecting activity BALPMUSWK
  • drifting ot one side when trying to walk straightBALPDRIFT

Other variables of interest may include those found under

  • symptoms of dizziness or balance problems (see BALSFAINT
  • the age and frequency of the most bothersome balance or dizziness problem (see BALSAGE1ST
  • triggers of the most bothersome balance or dizziness problem (see BALTRIGTURN


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2008