Falls prevention through eye care is more important than we think.
Our vision naturally deteriorates as we age and with decreased vision comes an increase in the risk of falls.
Dementia and cognitive impairment can also lead to an increase in the risk of falls.
How can eye care help to prevent falls?
Falls prevention is possible through enhancing or maintaining vision with the help of eye care.
Eye care can help to maintain vision and help enable a person to safely navigate the world around them.
Our daily eye care guide highlights proactive steps to help maintain or improve vision.
Better vision can help a person see obstructions, steps or anything else that may cause them to have a bump or fall.
An important part of eye care includes having a regular sight test and as a result, having a correct prescription.
However, the benefit of a correct prescription is only felt when wearing the correct and most up-to-date pair of glasses.
In fact, wearing glasses with an older prescription can actually increase a person’s risk of falls, rather than prevent falls.
So, wearing an older prescription can be dangerous to a person’s safety, unless otherwise advised by your optician.
Ultimately, eye care can help to maintain or enhance sight and help to prevent falls.
How can a fall affect someone?
Falls can be dangerous or even life-threatening.
Moreover, a fall or the fear of falling can seriously damage a person’s confidence, self-esteem and even their independence.
This may discourage the individual from being mobile or participating in the world around them.
Lack of engagement and movement can result in depression, isolation, bed sores and sore joints.
These situations are often avoidable through proactively using eye care to reduce a person’s risk of falls.