Poor vision can have many adverse effects, such as depression, car accidents, and medication errors, but none of these are more concerning than falls. Falls are among the leading cause of death in age 65+. People with low vision are twice as likely to fall than those with good vision.
The Impact of Falls
Some visual factors that impact falls are:
- Reduced field of vision caused by eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. Object that cannot be seen are a common cause of falls.
- Reduced depth perception – People with vision in just one eye may have problems judging distances, making it more dangerous to negotiate obstacles.
- Reduced contrast sensitivity can make obstacles and clutter hard to see. Curbs become nearly invisible and many objects can fade into the background.
Increased safety is one of the most compelling reasons to have an annual eye exam. The key to keeping good vision starts with the early detection and treatment.