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Optometrists Play a Significant Role in Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Main St Optometry Newmarket
Published by in Eye Health · 8 November 2019
Tags: NovemberisalsoFallPreventionMonth
Optometrists Play a Significant Role in Fall Prevention in Older Adults
Seniors with Low Vision Twice as likely to Fall

Although  there are many factors that can cause a fall, vision loss is often the  primary cause. Even the smallest change in a person’s vision can  increase the risk of a fall, especially in seniors.

Seniors  with visual impairment are twice as likely to fall, and  often they are not aware of how subtle forms of impairment, such as  changes in peripheral vision and depth perception, can contribute to  accident occurrence and avoidance.

Age-related  vision conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and  diabetic retinopathy, and even simply not wearing glasses, can prevent  seniors from seeing objects in their way and lead to falls.

Falls  can be quite serious and often result in injuries such as hip fractures  and head trauma, which can have a debilitating effect on a person’s  quality of life. However, many falls can help be prevented through a  comprehensive eye examination. An optometrist can diagnose  vision-threatening conditions so that appropriate action can be taken  before an accident occurs.

Annual eye exams for adults over the age of 65 are covered by OHIP.

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