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Poor Vision May Cause Fear of Falling

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Of those with some form of vision loss, 40 to 50 percent reported that they limit their activities due to fear of falling.

The research team was surprised to learn that patients with Fuchs’ dystrophy were most likely out of all patients studied to limit their activities. Only 16 percent of older adults in the study who did not have impaired vision said they limit their activities due to fear of falling.

Overall, the study showed that women with poor vision were most likely to limit their activities due to their failing vision. These people were also more likely to be depressed and to have multiple illnesses.

The study authors encourage the families of people with failing vision to try to learn what activities if any are being limited by the condition. These seniors may be at higher risk of social isolation and developing other disabilities as they spend more time alone.

Sources:

Science Daily. Fear of Falling May Cause Social Isolation in Older Adults With Vision Problems. Web. January 8, 2013.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121211163543.htm

National Eye Institute. Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Web. January 8, 2013.
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts.asp

National Eye Institute. Facts About Glaucoma. Web. January 8, 2013.
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma/glaucoma_facts.asp

National Eye Institute. Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease. Web. January 8, 2013.
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cornealdisease/#e

Reviewed January 9, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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