Changes in our eyes as we grow older often affect our vision.
Vision can become blurry and depth and distance may become more difficult to judge. Our eyes become more sensitive to glare, slower to adjust to light, or less able to make a distinction between similar colors. We can also develop eye disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration which can gradually change our vision. Even small changes to our vision can increase our risk of falling.
Here are a number of ways that you can look after your vision and reduce your risk of falling.
Have your eyes checked regularly – Have your eyes checked by your eye care specialist at least every two years or if you notice any changes in your vision.
Wear your eyewear – Wear your glasses as recommended by your eye care specialist, and have them checked annually. If you require new eye wear, allow two weeks to get used to them, and then return to your optometrist if you are having problems.
Be careful – Take care when you are walking up and down steps and stepping off curbs, especially if you wear bifocal or progressive lens glasses. Allow time for your eyes to adjust when you go into a darker or brighter area.
Eat well – A well balanced diet high in eggs, fish and dark green, orange and yellow vegetables. These foods contain carotenoids, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your vision.
Self-check your vision – Check your vision regularly by testing if you can clearly see objects in the distance and easily read up close.
For more information on vision contact:
- Your eye care specialist
- Focus on Falls at (204) 788-8073
- Health Links – Info Santé at (204) 788-8200