Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What can I do to prevent vision-related falls?

Have Your Vision Checked

Have your vision checked regularly or if you think it has changed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This person can provide visual devices if you need them and teach you how to use them. He or she can also offer helpful suggestions about the best lighting for you and about not wearing your multi-focals when you walk or use the stairs.

If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. If you are at increased risk for or have any age-related eye disease, you may need to see your eye care professional more often. Learn more about comprehensive dilated eye exams.

Wear Your Eyeglasses Correctly

Wear your eyeglasses so you can see your surroundings clearly. Keep them clean and check to see that the frames are straight. When you get new glasses, be extra cautious while you are getting used to them.

Have Sufficient Lighting in Your Home

In your home, make sure you have

  • enough lighting in each room, at entrances, and on outdoor walkways
  • light bulbs with the highest wattage recommended for the fixture
  • good lighting on stairways, including light switches at both the top and bottom of stairs
  • a lamp within easy reach of your bed
  • night lights in the bathroom, hallways, bedroom, and kitchen
  • a flashlight by your bed in case the power is out and you need to get up.