About one-third of individuals over age 65 fall each year, and the risk of falling increases proportionally with age. By age 80, over half of seniors fall annually. As attention continues to focus on preventing falls (and consequent bone fractures, which may severely inhibit personal freedom), seniors may rightfully enlist the help of physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and even home remodelers. They may also want to add ophthalmologists to their lists. Not only has research shown that poor visual acuity increases seniors’ risk of falling, but there is also evidence that reduced contrast sensitivity and depth perception are the most important visual risk factors for falls. A comprehensive eye exam can help identify and treat these issues.
A comprehensive medical eye exam by an ophthalmologist is the best protection against the vision loss that could cause your body to experience serious harm. Your eyesight is precious, so be sure to have your eyes professionally checked on a regular basis. Do you remember when you last had your eyes examined? Call MAYO EYE CENTER at 662-234-3937 to schedule an appointment. Remember, healthy eyes mean a better life. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd.