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Elderly urged to go for eye tests to avoid falls

older people who may be at an increased risk of bone fractures from falling
Elderly people need to go for regular eye tests to reduce the chances of them suffering falls, which could lead to injuries that need to be addressed through private surgery, it has been claimed.


According to Age UK, 270,000 falls recorded in the last two years in people aged 60 and above were as a result of poor vision.


The research showed that nearly two million people over the age of 60 have not taken advantage of free sight tests since 2009.


Nearly half (42 per cent) stated there is nothing wrong with their eyes, while nine per cent said worrying about the cost of glasses was the main reason for them not seeking help.


Helena Herklots, services director at Age UK, said: "We know that there is a link between reduced vision and falls and it's worrying that such a high number of older people have not had a sight test recently."


Statistics from Age UK show that 30 per cent of people over the age of 65 and 50 per cent of those over 80 will fall in the UK each year.
© Adfero Ltd


Care of the elderly news : 22 June 2011

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