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Maximize Your Vision with Better Lighting
October 20, 2023

Maximize Your Vision with Better Lighting

You probably have already figured it out that those with macular degeneration (AMD) need more light. The need for light is greater for those with AMD because of the degeneration of cones in the retina. In fact some eye specialists state that those with AMD need four times more light than those with normal vision.

There are three ways to maximize one's usable vision with improved lighting:

1. The use of natural daylight

2. The placement of general lighting and

3. The positioning of close-up or task lighting

Anyone of these sources of light can be used to one's advantage so that glare or too much brightness doesn't interfere with vision.

Natural Daylight Tip:

Make the most of a sunny room by using it during the day for reading books, performing hobbies or writing out bills. Place your back to the window so that the daylight will lighten the area where the task is being performed.

General Lighting Tip:

Provide even light throughout a room, rather than using one "bright" light that leaves the rest of the room dark. Use white colored shades rather than dark colored shades for the best general lighting.

From the type of lamp shades and light bulbs you use to where you place your floor or table lamps you can make your home not only safer but provide you with better visibility and a brighter outlook.

Macular Degeneration Lighting Tips for Better Vision

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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