Facts about falls:
• Each year, 1 in 3 people over age 65 are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries…
• Falls are the leading cause of death from accidental injury among people over 65
• The most profound effect of falling is the loss of functioning associated with independent living
Why are older adults likely to fall?
• Loss of muscle strength and flexibility
• Poor balance and slow reaction time
• Vision problems
How does good vision help prevent falls?
• Helps with maintaining balance and depth perception
• Helps with avoiding fall-inducing obstacles
• Helps with managing stairs safely
• Helps with navigating well while walking or performing everyday tasks
People age 65 and over are urged to have a comprehensive eye exam every year. Those with special risks, such as diabetes or a family history of age related macular degeneration may need to be examined more frequently.