Studies are beginning to show that those with eye problems and older adults may see better at the eye doctor then when they are home. The reason for this is likely poor lighting. Our eyes work more effectively at certain light levels. While most businesses and other establishments maximize the amount of light allowed, many of us neglect our homes. Increasing the light in your home and using better types of lighting may help you to see better at home. While dim lights may not actually injure your eyes, it can lead to eyestrain and headaches making good lighting an important part of enhancing your well-being. Once we reach the age of 60, the majority of us need 3 times more light to properly focus than we did we when were 20. If you have low vision and are looking to improve your way of life, take advantage of the following tips for better lighting in your home.
Tips For Better Lighting
- Use natural lighting whenever possible – Natural light and incandescent light tend to offer “more” light than other types of light. Whenever possible, use this type of lighting unless sensitive to it.
- Try to avoid fluorescent light – Fluorescent lights and often full spectrum lights may cause headaches in those suffering from low vision.
- Your wall color may help or hurt – White walls with shiny surfaces increase glare and may hurt sensitive eyes.
- Use warm colored lights – Lights which are colored using warm colors i.e. pinks, salmon or peach are generally easier on eyes as they have a longer wavelength.
- Know what light works best for you – Knowing what works best for you and your eyes is the key to your vision.
- Spread out the light – Increase the number of lights in a room as opposed to just adding a brighter light to better spread out the light equally.
- Keep windows clean and curtains open during the day – This will allow you the maximum benefit from the daylight.
- Use task lighting – Task lights can help you better achieve detailed activities.
- Use lamps near frequently used appliances – For example, under-cabinet lighting provides task lighting in the kitchen or work areas.
- Reduce glare – Change the shade to cover the bulb or change to a bulb which is covered to reduce glare.
As we age our eyes require more time to adjust and more light to focus. In addition, many diseases and conditions we may develop may also impact our vision as well. Understanding how important light is for your eyes and ensuring that it is adjusted properly in your home is the key to maximizing your vision.
Alpine Eye Care is an eye doctor serving Gaylord, Grayling and Cheboygan MI. If you have questions about your eyes or are looking for an eye doctor Northern Michigan, contact Alpine Eye Care today at 877.SEE.2020 to schedule an appointment.