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The Ohio Department of Aging has released the May 2017 issue of United We Stand its falls prevention newsletter, a part of STEADY U Ohio. This month’s newsletter topic is “Falls and Eye Injuries.”

We depend on our vision for balance and to keep us safe in different environments. However, age-related eye diseases increase the likelihood that you could experience a debilitating fall. Poor vision can inhibit your mobility and contribute to accidents. Ohioans age 65 and older who have an age-related eye disease are 50 percent more likely to fall according to the Ohio Department of Health. Of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around or live independently.

Eye diseases not only can lead to a fall, they can also be a result. Falls are the leading cause of eye injury, according to research from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all older adults have a yearly eye exam and wearing corrective lenses as prescribed are important to help prevent falls. However, multifocal lenses, such as bifocals or progressive lenses, can affect your ability to move safely. Talk to your eye care professional about the best way to get used to your new glasses, as well as options, such as a pair of single-focus lenses to use when you are moving around.

Other ways to maximize vision minimize falls include:

  • Invest in good lighting and turn the lights on when it is dark.
  • Use the highest-wattage bulbs recommended for your light fixtures.
  • Add contrast (light on dark colors or vice versa) to household items, such as steps and bathroom fixtures.
  • Wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim to reduce sun glare outdoors.

With many years of experience helping adults achieve this desire for independence, Graceworks at Home is uniquely qualified to serve individuals requiring a little extra assistance. Call 937-436-7700 to schedule an assessment or to request more inform

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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