Preventing Falls through Eye Examinations

Good Vision can Prevent Falls and Save Lives

One of the things about getting older is that we are at greater risk of falling.  Sadly, our vision and body deteriorates and this can cause issues in later life.  If you are worried about the consequences of taking a tumble or have a family member who is vulnerable in this regard, this post is for you.

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Falling in Old Age

Falling when you’re elderly can have severe consequences.  A broken hip can result in hospitalisation, disabilities, and in the worst case scenario, death.  Research into preventing falls has discovered that vision plays a significant part in preventing falls.

A study commissioned by the Geriatric Society and the College of Optometrists show that almost 1 in 3 people that were aged 65 or over suffered impaired vision.  This is what you may be experiencing if you’re in this age group in terms of vision loss:

  • Blurry, distorted vision
  • Sensitivity to bright lights/glare
  • Difficulty seeing objects
  • Depth perception problems
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Problems seeing the edges and changes in surfaces

As a result you may experience issues with maintaining balance, movement, and seeing objects in your path.  Although vision is not the only factor to falls in your old age, it is significant.

Eye Examinations Help Considerably in Avoiding Falls

Although eye examinations will not help you completely to avoid falls, they will give help you stay you on feet.  The same data that showed 30% of people aged over 65 had vision problems also revealed that almost 75% had issues that could be corrected through wearing glasses or contact lenses.  So, next steps:

If you still have difficult seeing, speak to your doctor about low vision services.

Sources: Fall Prevention, BGS.org.uk, Aop.org.uk

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours for VisionCare Branches

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Christmas and New Year opening hours for Visioncare branches

Wealdstone Branch

Sat 24th Dec 09h00-14h00
Mon 26th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 27th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Wed 28th Dec 09h30-16h00
Thu 29th Dec 09h30-16h00
Fri 30th Dec 09h30-16h00
Sat 31st Dec closed
Mon 2nd Jan closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tue 3rd Jan 09h00-18h00

Barnet Branch

Sat 24th Dec 09h00-14h00
Mon 26th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 27th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Wed 28th Dec closed
Thu 29th Dec closed
Fri 30th Dec closed
Sat 31st Dec closed
Mon 2nd Jan closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tue 3rd Jan 09h00-17h30

Harley Street Branch

Closed from Tuesday 20th December 2016 and reopening Tuesday Jan 10th 2017.