When we think of senior falls, we envision a variety of injuries that can occur – bruising, fractures, and head injuries, for instance. Yet there’s an increasingly common injury that may seem surprising: eye trauma. Injuries to the eye typically result from blunt force trauma leading to black eyes, damaged eyelids and/or tear glands.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers tips to reduce the chance of eye injuries from senior falls:
- Ensure older adults receive annual eye exams.
- Review medications with the doctor to determine if any dangerous side effects might be at play that could increase fall risk, such as drowsiness or dizziness.
- Assess the home for fall hazards:
- Clear away any clutter blocking walkways, both inside and outside of the home
- Remove all throw rugs, extension cords, and any other tripping hazards
- Ensure there is sufficient lighting throughout the home
- Place grab bars beside the toilet, in and around the shower, and anywhere else in the home as needed.
- Place non-slip strips or mats in the tub and on bathroom floors.
For an additional measure of safety, engage the professional in-home care services of THE MEDICAL TEAM. We can perform a safety evaluation of the home and provide recommendations for in-home modifications, assist with ambulation and mobility, help maintain a clean and organized home environment, and so much more.
Contact THE MEDICAL TEAM to learn more about our in-home care services, available throughout New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas, and the metro DC area, and improve safety and quality of life for a senior you know!