In light of recent concerns about falls among the elderly population, local optometry practices are urging residents to prioritise regular eye examinations as a vital step in maintaining overall health and safety.

According to the Powys optometry team, routine eye checks play a critical role in identifying vision changes that could contribute to falls. Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration are not only detrimental to vision but also increase the risk of accidents, particularly falls among older adults.

Gareth Ratcliffe PAVO Health Promotions facilitator said, "Many falls among seniors can be prevented by addressing visual impairments early on. Regular eye exams help optometrists detect and manage conditions that affect balance and spatial awareness."

In addition to routine sight tests, your local optometrist offers urgent appointments for those who have concerns about any sudden symptoms. This allows individuals to take proactive steps in managing their eye health without necessarily waiting for a referral from their GP.

"It's important for the community to know that we provide accessible services for anyone concerned about their vision," added Mr Ratcliffe.

"Practices in Powys offer emergency appointments for urgent eye problems, ensuring that patients receive timely care without needing to visit A&E or their GP for non-emergency eye issues."

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