How can I reduce the risk of trips and falls?

People with sight loss are more likely to fall and have multiple falls than those without sight loss of similar age. One of the most important things you can do is have regular eye examinations to make sure your prescription is up to date and you have the right glasses. 

  • If you notice any changes in your vision, make an appointment with your optician/optometrist to discuss your concerns.
  • If you need glasses, ask the optometrist/optician to recommend the most appropriate glasses for you.
  • If you wear glasses, follow the four Cs: make sure your glasses are Correct, Current, Clean and Comfortable to make the most of your vision.

You can also make simple changes in your home, as half of all falls happen at home. These simple changes can reduce the risk of falls if you have sight loss.

  • Utilise natural light where possible. Where there is too much glare or shadows, try controlling natural light with vertical blinds.
  • Consider improving light levels at the top and bottom stairs to reduce potential falls. 
  • Have contrasting edging on steps and stairs.
  • Use brighter and bolder colours to create good colour contrast.
  • Keep things in set places and encourage a consistent clutter-free environment. 

You can find further information on RNIB's Reduce your risk of falls and Dementia and sight loss: promoting good eye health web pages.

For other ideas on how to adapt and change your home please see How can I change or adapt my home now that I have sight loss?

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