It is amazing how a few small adjustments to lighting can make such a difference to a person with reduced vision. For example, did you know that cutting the distance in half between a light source and the task (by bringing the light closer to the work) will make the brightness or intensity of the light approximately four times greater? Here are some other lighting tips to give as much advantage as possible to a person with low vision:
To ensure better light in a work area for reading, cooking, using the telephone, or doing crafts, use a “task lamp” with a flexible arm or gooseneck so light can be focused closely and directly on the work area.
If one eye has better vision, position the lamp on that side of the body, slightly to the side.
Watch television in a lighted room. It is easier on the eyes. Be sure, however, that the light isn’t placed where it will cause glare or reflection off of the screen. This can be easily checked with the television screen turned off.
To reduce the heat of a higher-wattage bulb, use a lamp with an internal reflector (a double shade). This reduces the heat significantly, and allows the lamp to be closer to the face than with a single shade, especially one made of metal.
Install extra lighting in places where it may be difficult to move around, such as hallways and stairs.
Install light switches in accessible locations with switch plates that are lighted or contrast with the wall color.
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For those with low vision who wish to maintain their independence, consider home care as an option to help someone adapt and continue performing activities of daily living. An experienced caregiving team such as at Live Free Home Health Care will identify a person’s specific challenges with activities of daily living and help to provide solutions. These solutions can mean the difference between living safely in the comfort of home or a move elsewhere. For more information about how we can help, please contact Live Free Home Health Care at 603-217-0149.