Across the UK, falls are the most common cause of hospitalisation for people aged over 65, and of accidental death in those aged over 75. Undetected and untreated visual impairment plays a significant role in the high incidence of falls among older people. This prompted us to investigate ways in which we could reduce vision-related falls and encourage better connections between local falls services and community optometrists.
Supporting falls teams
We are working with the Thomas Pocklington Trust to distribute the easy-to-use Eyes Right tool for checking vision within a falls service. Contact Paul.Alexander@college-optometrists.org to place your order.
We are looking at methods of reciprocal referral between falls services and optometrists and encouraging falls teams to use our member directory to find their local practice. We also have a falls directory which includes details of falls services teams. If you would like to be included in this directory, please contact Paul.Alexander@college-optometrists.org.
Occupational therapists can download guidelines for the prevention and management of falls