Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

18. Can vision problems lead to falls?

Yes. Even a small change in vision can make you less stable and increase your risk of falling. Vision problems that can contribute to falls among older people include

  • lack of depth perception or visual sharpness
  • not being able to see contrasting objects
  • taking a while for eyes to adjust when moving from darkness to light
  • wearing multi-focal glasses while walking or going up stairs
  • poor lighting in the home
  • cataracts
  • glaucoma.