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Vision loss is a leading cause of falls in the elderly. One study found that visual field loss was associated with a 6-fold risk of frequent falls.

Ramrattan R, Wolfs R, Panda-Jones S, Jonas J, et al. Prevalence and Causes of Visual Field Loss in the Elderly and Associations with Impairment in Daily Functioning. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001; 119(12): 1788-94. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/119/12/1788?ck=nck

Reference

Title
Prevalence and Causes of Visual Field Loss in the Elderly and Associations with Impairment in Daily Functioning
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2001
Authors
Ramrattan R, Wolfs R, Panda-Jones S, Jonas J, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 119, Issue 12
Pages
1788-94
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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