Did you know that one of the most common causes of fall injuries has nothing to do you with your feet, but actually your eyes? Low vision, which is a vision impairment condition that eyeglasses, medication, and surgery can’t correct, causes a large percentage of falls. We here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers wanted to educate our patients about this debilitating condition that often goes unseen.
Who is affected?
The majority of people afflicted by low vision are 65 and older, but it’s estimated that 3 million Americans aged 40 and older have low vision. 63% of them are women. Low vision is often linked to other health conditions such as:
- Macular degeneration
- Birth defects
What are the signs of low vision?
People with low vision are more at risk for falls and have a higher rate of depression. People with low vision often have difficulty:
- Recognizing faces
- Getting around their neighborhood
- Completing small repairs or tasks like sewing
- Selecting color-coordinated clothing
- Dosing their medication correctly
What can be done about low vision?
The first step is recognizing that you have low vision. If you have experienced an unexplainable fall or constantly find yourself tripping, talk to one of our podiatrists. The foot doctor will review your medical history and ask you questions about recent activities. They will also complete a foot exam to make sure there are no issues. They can then refer you to a proper specialist who will check your vision to diagnose for low vision.
Rehabilitation is available for people with low vision, which can help maximize their quality of life. Adaptive devices like magnifiers can help with day-to-day tasks and chores. Home modifications, including brighter or more abundant lighting, adding handrails, getting rid of clutter, moving electrical cords, and clearing small furniture from the floor can decrease the risk of falls.
Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. If you had a fall due to low vision, we’re here to help. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!