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February 1992

Falls in Elderly Patients With Glaucoma

Author Affiliations

Petoskey, Mich

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(2):169. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080140019005

To the Editor.  —Concerning the article by Glynn et al1 in the February 1991 issue of the Archives, as chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Low Vision Rehabilitation Committee, I would like to suggest a support cane as a much overlooked prophylactic measure against falls for people with limited visual fields. Nothing as simple as this was apparently envisioned by the authors of this article.There are three basic kinds of canes available, and we need to pick the right one. The first is the long white guidance cane, used by people with severely limited visual fields to get around. This is not what I am talking about here. The second is a support cane, sturdy enough so one can lean on it. While this is the type of cane envisioned here, I am not suggesting it because the person is so feeble or old that he

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