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In this programme, Professor Dave Elliot of the University of Bradford explains the important role optometrists can play in helping to prevent falls in older patients.

Falls are a common and serious health risk for older people. They are not random events and there are typically multiple factors involved. Studies indicate that visual impairment is a significant risk factor. Professor Elliot outlines the latest research into falls and provides expert guidance on questions to ask patients, dealing with changes in prescription, and referring patients with low vision.

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    • 2.2.5 To understand the causes and consequences of falls in older people and the link between vision and falls, so appropriate advice can be given.
    • 2.10.1 To understand the role an optometrist can play in the multidisciplinary care of older people at risk of falling.
    • 4.1.3 To be able to choose appropriate spectacle lens types that could reduce the risk of an elderly patient falling.
    • 7.1.1 To improve the understanding of how to adapt refractive corrections to reduce the risk of an elderly patient falling.
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        You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with any referrals or other protocols in place locally to where you practice.

        You are strongly encouraged to make use of the programme research references list for further reading.

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