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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Make the Most of Your Vision


Your eyes not only see where you are going, but help with balance and movement. As you age, your eyes change.

  • Your eyes are more sensitive to glare and need more time to adjust to sudden light changes.
  • Your eye lose depth perception. It becomes harder to judge distance and depth. This can affect how you see stairs and curbs.
  • You need more light to see at night. A 60-year-old needs 10 times more light to see at night than a teenager.

Take Action

  • Have your eyes checked each year. Alberta residents can have their eyes checked free every year after they are 65 years.
  • If you have multifocal lenses, tilt your head down to look out of the top half of your glasses when using stairs.
  • Remove your reading glasses when walking.
  • Pause and give your eyes time to adjust to changes in light.
  • Have a lamp by your bed with a switch that is easy to reach. Use the maximum wattage recommended in each light fixture.
  • Watch for glare. Eliminate exposed or bare bulbs. Use blinds or light curtains on your windows. Wear sunglasses outside both in winter and summer.
  • Keep pathways well-lit inside and outside. Use night lights and motion detector lights.
  • Use non-skid or reflective strips at the edge of each step. Use a different colour than the stairs to make it easier to see the edges. Use them on door thresholds too. Remove patterned carpet on stairs.

"I hadn't realized it was 3 years since I saw the eye doctor. I can see better now. I just have to be careful on the stairs as I get used to my new bifocals."

Watch this 1½ minute video to learn about getting around your home with vision problems.


If you have low vision, watch this short video to learn about aids to help you cope.



To learn more about your risk of falling complete the “Is there a chance you might fall?” checklist.

Current as of: June 30, 2019

Author: Fall Risk Management Program