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How To Prevent Falls If You Have Low Vision

Sep 22

If you have low vision, falls can be common. The reduction in peripheral vision, having distracting flashes of light, or just big blocks of absence in your sight altogether can block out hazards and increase the risk of falls.


Did you know this Falls Prevention Week that:

  • Around 5% of falls will result in a fracture or hospitalisation
  • One third of people over 65 fall every year
  • Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over
  • Falls are the main cause of disability and the leading cause of death from injury among people aged over 75 in the UK
  • Every year, more than one in three (3.4 million) people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury, and even death
    *Statistics provided by LOCNTW for Fallness Awarenesss Week


How to prevent falls if you have low vision:

Invest in good lighting

When it's dark or you have reduced vision, it's far easier to trip over objects and fall. Bright lighting can minimise the risk of this happening. See our lighting range for low vision here.


Flexi-Vision Floor Lamp

Flexi-Vision Floor LampThe popular adjustable height Floor Lamp can be positioned to maximise the light available for the tasks to be completed. With its flexible arm and multi-swivel head the light can be adjusted to focus directly on the task whether sitting down, at a table or to aid general room lighting. The energy saving bulb reduces glare and improves contrast ensuring optimal comfort for reading and writing. It has a low heat shade, clear on/off switches and an anti-trip cable holder as well as sturdy base to prevent toppling.


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Pave out your routes

Use contrasting tape colours to outline the edge of your flooring to help you see where one wall starts and another stops.


Reduce clutter

Minimise the risks of tripping by keeping as little as possible on the floor as possible. Leave handbags on tables, shoes in a shoe rack and umbrellas in an umbrella stand to make getting around the house safer.


Keep distractions at bay

When mobile, do not look at your phone or listen to music - keeping all of your senses fully active will help you to concentrate on moving around safely.

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