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Vision and falls in older people: risk factors and intervention strategies


Lord, SR and Smith, ST and Menant, J, Vision and falls in older people: risk factors and intervention strategies, Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 26, (4) pp. 569-581. ISSN 0749-0690 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cger.2010.06.002


Poor vision impairs balance and increases the risk of falls and fractures in older people. Multifocal glasses can add to this risk by impairing contrast sensitivity, depth perception, and ability to negotiate obstacles. Vision assessment and provision of new spectacles may not reduce, and may even increase, the risk of falls. Restriction of the use of multifocal glasses may reduce falls in active older people. Other effective fall prevention strategies include maximizing vision through cataract surgery and occupational therapy interventions in visually impaired older people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Accidental falls; Aged; Balance; Fractures; Vision
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Rehabilitation
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Smith, ST (Associate Professor Stuart Smith)
ID Code:85409
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:96
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2013-07-04
Last Modified:2013-07-04

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