Many people are unaware of the relationship between poor eyesight and falls in older people, according to research to promote Falls Awareness Week.
“The research, carried out by Opinion Matters, also showed that almost half of those surveyed (46%) didn’t know that their parents may be entitled to an NHS sight test in their own home, or care home and 25% didn’t realise that sight tests for over 60s are free. We are encouraging carers and people supporting older people to ensure that people who are at risk of falling are receiving regular eye examinations”.
Too many older people falling due to poor eye sight. London: The College of Optometrists, May 2013. (Online).
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The College of Optometrists (2011). The importance of vision in preventing falls. London: The College of Optometrists, June 9th 2011.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].