As you get older there is more of a chance you will fall and poor eyesight has been linked as one of the reasons this happens. 

It is normal for our eyes to change as we get older. Common changes include losing the ability to focus on things that are close-up (presbyopia), finding that it takes longer to adapt to changing lighting conditions and finding that we need more light to see things.

Aging means we are also more likely to develop eye disease. The most common eye diseases in older people are cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.  Having regular eye examinations will allow your optometrist to spot early signs of eye disease, when it is easier to treat. Most people should have an eye examination at least every two years, or sooner if you have been advised to do so.

Who is more likely to fall?

There are several reasons why people fall over which not all are related to poor eyesight.  You are most at risk of falling if you:

What you can do to reduce the chance of falling:

Your Optometrist will tell you when there has been a big change to your prescription and may advise a modified version which may help with the adaptation.  Wearing the new prescription at home first to get used to them is also sensible.

December 2019