Regular eye exams are important to address vision problems, as poor vision can increase the risk of a fall.

Assess your vision-related falling risks by asking yourself the following questions:

• Has it been more than 12 months since I’ve had an eye exam?

• Do I have blurred or double vision?

• Do I have difficulty seeing steps clearly?

• Do I have difficulty seeing objects on the ground?

• Do I have difficulty seeing in dim light or glare?
• Have I fallen over things I could not see properly?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions it is important to talk to your doctor or optometrist.


• Have your eyes tested each year by an optometrist.

• Discuss the difficulties you are having with everyday activities with your doctor or optometrist.

• Reduce glare outdoors by wearing a hat or sunglasses, and eliminate glare in your home by using light shades and curtains.

• Avoid wearing reading glasses when walking.

• Use an automatic sensor light or touch lamp beside your bed to assist at night.

• Keep glasses handy at all times.

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