• We analyzed the determinants of serious falls among 489 ambulatory elders aged 65 years and older who received a comprehensive examination at a glaucoma consultation service. For the previous year, at least one fall requiring medical attention or restricted activity was reported by 9.6% (95% confidence interval [CI], 7.0% to 12.2%) of participants. Using logistic regression to adjust for potential confounding variables, the greatest single risk factor for falls was the use of nonmiotic topical eye medications (odds ratio [OR], 5.4; 95% CI, 1.8 to 16.4). Additional risk factors for falls were female sex (OR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.1 to 4.7) and use of cardiac medications (OR, 2.5; 95% CI, 1.1 to 5.6). Three other characteristics were also associated with the risk of falls: use of miotic eye medications (OR, 3.2; 95% CI, 1.0 to 10.1); visual field impairment of 40% or greater (OR, 3.0; 95% CI, 0.94 to 9.8); and use of sedatives (OR, 2.4; 95% CI, 0.89 to 6.7). These findings suggest that ocular and systemic medications are the major predictors of falls even in this elderly population seeking ophthalmologic care for glaucoma. Medications appear to pose a greater risk for falls than even major visual impairment.
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