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  • Vision Differences Between Eyes Prevalent in Older Adults, Can Increase Falls Risk

    Older adults are at significant risk of developing vision differences between their eyes that, if undetected, could increase the likelihood of falls.

    A new longitudinal study (abstract) in Optometry and Vision Science found that nearly 1 in 3 adults develop significant vision differences in each eye (called anisometropia) by their late 70s, an incidence rate that "needs to be clearly emphasized to clinicians" to ensure appropriate correction, according to the study's authors. If left uncorrected, the condition can interfere with depth perception and other visual skills necessary to prevent falls.

    APTA identifies visual impairments as a significant contributor to falls and recommends interventions that address multiple risk factors.

    Need more information on falls prevention? Get evidence-based practice information through PTNow and Open Door, and download APTA's education on exercise prescriptions for balance and falls prevention and pocket guide on falls risk reduction (.pdf). Share falls prevention information and experiences with APTA's online community dedicated to the issue.


    • Indeed. All mentioned are beneficial to older adults. Here is a quick tip: calcium-rich vegetables such as broccoli, soybeans, collards and turnip greens, tofu and almonds are good for our elders.

      Posted by caregiver on 12/11/2013 3:49 AM

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