Fall Prevention And EyeCare


Fall Prevention Awareness Day is September 23 2015 and a perfect opportunity to contact your senior citizens and your patients because most likely they have older parents that have fallen to educate them on Fall Prevention.

Falls are the leading cause of death by injury in people over the age of 65. They can be caused by many factors including poor eyesight, loss of balance due to illness, physical conditions including spatial cognition, dehydration or side effects of prescription medications and the aging process.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported 9,256,761 unintentional falls in 2011, with an ever exceeding health care cost estimated to exceed $40 billion dollars annually by 2020.

According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau report, one in three adults age 65 or older, out of the 40.3 million folks of that age, fall each year. Of those 13.3 million people who fall, 20 percent will suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to live independently.

Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes. People with visual impairments are more than twice as likely to fall as people without visual impairments.

As with so many other health care issues, it’s time to put more focus on the cause of falls and fractures. Disease and adverse event prevention is always less expensive than treatment.

Some of the contributing factors for falls are:

  1. balance related issues
  2. nutritional status
  3. osteoporosis
  4. poor vision

Annual eye exams are necessary to identify vision problems that can be addressed through new prescription glasses and contacts, necessary surgery and community-based services, and low vision therapies designed to help prevent falls.

Follow this link to read the full article.  At the bottom you will find links to references and other articles on the subject.

Source: The Optical Vision Site

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About Arthur De Gennaro

My friends call me Art. Welcome to my blog. In this space you’ll find information and comments on the ophthalmology world, the optical industry, the hearing industry and medical practice management. My intent is to provide information you can use to improve your business and your own performance. Please visit often and feel free to join the discussions by leaving comments.

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