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The Downside of the Bright Side
June 06, 2024

The Downside of the Bright Side

A bright sunny day can be a nice mood lifter, but it can also bring vision problems to those with macular degeneration. Many people with AMD have trouble seeing when outdoors on a bright sunny day.

An increased sensitivity to glare and brightness can temporarily block one's vision and some even complain that the brightness actually hurts their eyes.

Glare Sensitivity: A Common Macular Degeneration Symptom

Problems with glare is a common symptom of macular degeneration. Glare can come from other sources other than the sun - such as fluorescent lights or the reflection from a snow covered landscape.

In some situations such as a when the sun is setting or when one comes upon bright headlights a person can experience a complete "white-out" making it impossible to see.

One AMD patient expressed this common concern and asked, "When the sun is shining very bright outside I can't see even with sunglasses on. Do any others have this problem and is there a good brand of sunglasses that seem to work better than plain old dark lenses?"

Find out why darker is not necessarily better and what sunglasses can help to reduce glare and improve contrast while protecting your eyes.

Sunglasses That Reduce Glare, Increase Contrast and Protect Your Vision

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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