Vision problems can contribute to falling
by: Ashley Torreano, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
The Healthiest Manitowoc County Injury/Fall Prevention Coalition is working to reduce injuries and deaths from falls.
In the last five years, injuries were the fifth leading cause of death in Manitowoc residents older than 65. Falls caused 75 percent of those deaths. One factor that contributes to falling in older adults is vision problems. Cataracts are a common, treatable vision problem that affects older adults.
A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens inside the eye. The lens focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye, where an image is recorded. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, allowing us to see things clearly. Clouding of the lens may be the result of advancing age, heredity, an injury, a disease, excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight, cigarette smoking or the use of certain medications.
Cataracts vary from small areas of cloudiness to large opaque areas causing a noticeable loss of vision. With reduced clarity of an image caused by cataracts, the bright indoor lighting, and sunlight, may make it difficult for older people to see and to avoid objects that are in their paths. These objects include environmental hazards such as curbs, overhead obstacles, clutter and pets.
A comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist can determine if you have a cataract forming. Annual eye examinations are recommended, but you should also seek care if you notice changes in your vision……
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Source: Herald Times Reporter