November 7, 2017

Impaired Vision? Create a Fall Prevention Plan with These Tips

Low vision can instill a fear of falling, which keeps many older adults homebound. U-M occupational therapist, Ashley Howson, MS, OTR/L, outlines guidelines for getting around safely.

For those with vision loss, everyday tasks such as grocery shopping or navigating public spaces can be the source of extreme anxiety. Limited vision also may mean risking a fall in an unfamiliar place — a fear that leads many to become homebound and feel isolated.

Experts at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center are working to combat these fears through teaching of fall prevention techniques.