Falls and self-assessment of eyesight among Brazilian elderly people

16/06/2014

Source: Archives of Genrontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 59 no 1 p. 131-135

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Date of publication: July/August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The paper tried to verify the association between falls and self-assessed acuity of vision in 1593 people aged 60 and over. Elderly people assessing their eyesight as bad or very bad fell more compared to those who believed they had good or excellent sight. This shows the need to contact those elderly people with difficulties in their sight and create actions to prevent possible falls.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Too many older people falling due to bad eyesight

17/06/2013

Source: The College of Optometrists website

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: According to new research published by the College of Optometrists in the run up to Falls Awareness Week (see this bulletin’s last issue), the majority of people are unaware of the link between poor eyesight and falls in older people. Failing eyesight should not be taken as an inevitable consequence of ageing, though there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of vision-related falls. Raising awareness of perks for the elderly such as free eye tests for the over 60s and eye tests at home is essential to reduce the risks of eyesight-related falls.

Length of publication: 1 page