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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