Study reveals poor vision is a challenge in fall prevention

A recent study conducted at the Trinity College in Dublin researched the walking ability of three key age groups.  The study measured the affect of blurred vision.

The walking ability of all three groups was affected by the blurred vision, but especially in the fall-prone older adults. The younger adults and the older adults who hadn’t fallen compensated for their blurred vision by slowing their walking speed, but the fall-prone older adults did not, the investigators found.

The findings suggest that the ability to collect and process the visual information needed to navigate the surrounding environment is more severely impaired in fall-prone older adults than in older adults who have not fallen.

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