If you have had a bad fall, it is natural to feel worried about falling again. Even if you have not had this experience, you may feel concerned about personal stability or the impact of an injury.
Unfortunately, the fear of a fall can cause people to restrict their level of activity. They gradually do less and less. Then they lose their confidence and mobility.
If you have low vision and the fear of a fall is slowing you down, talk with a low vision agency, doctor, psychologist, social worker or counsellor about how confidence can be regained. They will help you to address concerns, particularly if the fear is very strong or if you are feeling lonely or isolated.
Additionally, you may consider undertaking mobility training to gain the support, skills, aids and technology required to safely get out and about. Adopting a low vision aid will also help increase confidence with mobility.
Remembering that 50% of falls occur in the home environment on level surfaces in the most commonly used rooms, it is important to review the home and surroundings to make them as safe as possible. You should also make an emergency plan for getting help in the event of a fall.