How opticians and optometrists can help prevent falls in older patients

January 2020

At least a third of people over the age of 65 years report falling at least once per year, with about half of these people reporting multiple falls. While falls in older people are multifactorial, there is clear evidence that they are associated with well-defined intrinsic and/or extrinsic factors, some of which can be minimised through targeted inventions to reduce the risk of falls.

The Guidelines to Help Prevent Falls in Older Patients provide recommendations for Optometrists and Opticians regarding how to best manage their older patients to minimise the risk of falls.

The document has been kindly drafted by Professor David B Elliott, University of Bradford, UK; Professor Joanne Wood and Dr. Alex Black, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.