As we age, even healthy eyes become more sensitive to glare – they require higher contrasts to see than they did when we were younger, as well as higher illumination levels. The need for higher light levels also means that control of sources of light is especially important. The recommendations included in this article are critically important if ocular diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, affect one’s vision, or low vision aids are prescribed by an optometrist to maximize one’s remaining vision.
The combination of regular, comprehensive eye examinations and quality environmental lighting can enhance the visual experience and maintain productivity for a lifetime.
As we get older, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to see as well as we used to. An eye examination and new glasses can be a big help, but proper lighting is just as critical.
Whether seniors continue living in their own homes, or move to an apartment or retirement community, lighting is going to become an ever more important part of everyday life. It will add to comfort and enjoyment. And it will help keep seniors safe.