A stated priority of the National Eye Institute is to “Develop new technologies and rehabilitation strategies to minimize the impact of visual impairment.” Glaucoma is a frequent cause of visual impairment, and affects over 2 million Americans. Falls are a major hazard in glaucoma patients, who have a falls rate two to four times higher than normal and a one in three risk of suffering an injurious fall over the course of year. This proposal is aimed at gathering data necessary for designing future falls prevention programs. Innovative aspects of the proposal include prospective, longitudinal assessment of falls over a 3 year period through the use of falls calendars, utilization of remote-sensing technology to evaluate real-world mobility outcomes, and direct assessment of the home environment to identify environmental risk factors.
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