Falls and Eyesight
Currently, one in seven New Zealanders are 65 and over. Around 30% to 60% of people in this age group have a fall each year. And 10% to 20% will end up in hospital with a fracture.
Those over the age of 85 are 15 times more likely to fracture their hip in a fall than a 65-year-old. Hip fractures can have a huge impact, with 30% of those over 85 who suffer one requiring placement in aged residential care.
Research shows there is a link between poor eyesight and falls in older people.
As we age most of us will become long sighted (presbyopia), making it hard to focus on things close up and we’re slower to adjust to light. This is because the muscles of the eye lens harden. Eventually we will all need glasses.
Other age related eye conditions that contribute to falls are cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Some tips to prevent falls associated with eyesight issues:
Follow this advice and you will help to reduce the chances of falling.
For other tips on falls prevention check out these links:
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