Eyesight and hearing loss can be factors in a fall

Eyesight

Your eyesight helps you to move around safely and steady on your feet. As you get older your vision can change. You may notice: blurred vision, less accuracy when judging depth or distances, not being able to see as well in low contrast situations, it is taking you longer to adjust to changes in lighting or a reduction in what your eye can see when looking forward.

Changes in your vision can increase the risk of falls.

Look after your eyesight

Have regular eye checks (every two years until you are 60 then every year following), if you wear glasses or contact lenses, look after them and have your prescription checked regularly. 

For more information on eye care visit:

NHS Inform: Eye Health

NHS Inform: Looking after your Vision and Hearing

Fife Society for the Blind offer support and information on skills and techniques to support independent living:  http://www.fifesociety.com

Hearing

Hearing problems are more likely as you get older, but people often wait several years before talking to their GP about them. Problems with your hearing can affect your balance and awareness of hazards increasing your risk of tripping or falling over.

If you notice changes in your hearing, contact your GP.

If you do suffer from hearing loss you may be fitted with a hearing aid which can help restore some, if not all, of your hearing. If you are already using a hearing aid ensure it is working properly.

Action on Hearing Loss provides an online Hearing Test if you are worried about your hearing.

This leaflet: ‘Including You’ provides more information on hearing loss.

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