What is FIGS?

Why is this study being conducted?

  • Falling is the #1 cause of accidental death in older Americans.
  • Patients with glaucoma have a greater fear of falling.
  • This leads to large impact on lifestyle choices, including less travel outside of the home, less walking/physical activity, and decrease in quality of life.
  • Decreasing falls also helps to avoid injury and large hospital costs.

What questions are we trying to answer?

  • Who is at significant risk for falls?
  • What reversible factors are important to address to prevent falls?
  • What are the downstream effects of falls?
  • Is fall prevention likely to address other mobility problems including low physical activity and home isolation?
  • Do fall prevention efforts need to focus on hazards inside the home, outside the home, or both?
  • What specifically needs to be addressed as part of fall prevention efforts?