Falls

As many people turned to DIY and gardening to occupy the months at home during lockdown, eye injuries predictably increased – with data suggesting a threefold rise in presentation to emergency eye care. Becky McCall asks how to best manage cases of eye injury.

New research has found links between the severity of visual impairment and the risk of dementia. Kathy Oxtoby asks: how can optometrists play a greater role in supporting patients with these conditions?

The NFPCG have developed a suite of new resources to help reduce the incidence of falls related to vision-impairment in older people.

Lockdowns led to cancelled operations and check-ups. Becky McCall looks at the legacy of the pandemic for eye disease and sight loss, and the lessons that have been learned.

The College is committed to reducing vision-related falls. By working with UK falls services we can identify and support patients with failing vision. There are plenty of opportunities for members to get involved.

A&E optometrists can see everything from DIY mishaps to domestic violence in a day's work, writes Steve Smethurst.

In each issue, Acuity poses a topical question to a panel of members.

We have responded to a green paper on prevention public from the Department of Health and Social Care.

We have responded to a Scottish Government consultation on Falls Prevention Strategy.

Member briefing: We make recommendations on how falls teams could be supported in checking patients’ vision, and how we could support and encourage better connections between them and local optometrists.

Rima Evans looks at the work of those offering practical support and rehabilitation for people with visual impairment

This article describes the relationship between visual impairment and dizziness and falls in older people.