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.