C Murray Opticians

Ageing eyes and falls

It is normal for everyone’s eyes to change as they get older so it is more important than ever to have regular eye examinations. Many conditions such as age-related macular degeneration appear in one eye first. You can check your vision yourself (with glasses if you need them) by covering each eye in turn to check that you can see the kitchen clock or other familiar objects clearly. If you notice changes in your vision, contact us on 028 90741122 for advice. Eye examinations are free for those over 60 so why not avail of this service?

eye ageing

As well as regular examinations with your optician, there are several simple steps you can take to reduce the chance of falling –

  • Have good lighting
  • Make sure you turn on the lights at home when it is dark, so you can see where you are going.
  • Make sure your carpets and rugs are well fitted and do not slip or move when you walk on them.
  • Wear suitable footwear
  • Have a good contrast between things which makes them easier to see. Examples would be a dark toilet seat on a white toilet.
  • Wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim to protect your eyes from direct sunlight and harmful UV rays.
  • Wear your distance glasses when walking outside your home
  • Carmel will be able to advise you on wearing bifocal and varifocals as you may be more likely to fall, even if you are used to them.
  • Carmel advises elderly patients to expect it to take a few days to adjust to their new lenses. If they’re wearing bifocals or varifocals she will advise them to be careful with steps and stairs and in some cases advises separate distance glasses for walking outdoors.
  • Carmel also recommends lightweight frames such as the Silhouette range (click here) and thinner, lighter lenses for elderly patients as they are more sensitive to the weight of their glasses.
  • As cataracts are common in later life, prescription sunglasses or Sensity lenses can provide great relief from glare.
  • Colourful spectacle cases and spectacle cords help make finding their glasses a bit easier too.
  • Carmel encourages her patients to call in from time to time to have their frames serviced to keep them in tip top condition.

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