The No. 1 thing you can do to prevent falls

Schedule an annual vision exam with your optometrist—it's time to see clearly.

Fall Prevention

A recent study of older adults found that vision-related balance control is a major risk factor for falls. Don’t believe it? Stand on one leg with your eyes open. Now close your eyes. Notice the difference? 

“Vision is one of the key sensory inputs that helps us stay upright,” says Elizabeth A. Phelan, M.D., director of the University of Washington Medicine Fall Prevention Clinic. A vision exam can help you keep your eyes sharp. Try these other tips to stay safe: 

  1. Place friction strips on stair steps.
  2. Ensure hallways are well-lit for late-night bathroom visits.
  3. Remove throw rugs and loose cords. 
  4. Invest in sturdy furniture.