July 15, 2024

Eye Injuries from Trauma At Older Age

Eye injuries due to fall or trauma increases as the population grows older.
Eye injuries due to falling have increased steadily over the past decade and are likely to continue to rise as more people live longer and the elderly become more active and mobile.

The most common cases for which people get hospitalized are as follows

  • Orbital fracture
  • Injury to the bone of the eye socket.

In most severe cases the most common eye injuries due to tripping or falling are as follows:

  • Black eye
  • Damage to the eyelids
  • Tear glands

People who suffer from lower vision problem at lower age are at increased risk of falling.
Most common conditions that cause a person to misstep or fall are as follows:-

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration

Most of the conditions are preventable.
People suffering from glaucoma often lose their ability to see sides, this can make them run into things. They generally bump into wall or table edges that they are not able to see.

Steps to reduce the risk of falling

  • Consult your doctor if you have fallen or have fear of falling.
  • Engage in some physical activity to improve your strength and balance.
  • Keep your home free of clutter.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathroom.
  • Keep your house well lit.

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