Journal article

The relationship between visual function, duration and main causes of vision loss and falls in older people with low vision

Ecosse Lamoureux, Sandeep Gadgil, Konrad Pesudovs, Jill Keeffe, Eva Fenwick, Mohamed Dirani, Satu Salonen, Gwyn Rees

GRAEFES ARCHIVE FOR CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPHTHALMOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Falls are an alarming health problem and a major cause of injury among the elderly. The healthcare cost associated with falls is considerable. Visual acuity has been found to be an independent risk factor for falls; however, the results are not unanimous. Moreover, other aspects of visual function such as visual field, contrast sensitivity and depth perception have not been adequately investigated in relation to falls. The aim of this study, therefore, was to determine the relationship between visual function, duration, and main causes of visual impairment, and falls in individuals with low vision. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study involving participants attending a publi..

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