Best lighting for macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that affects the central vision. It is associated with the aging eye and has also been given the name age-related macular degeneration. Since our central vision is used to concentrate on detailed activities like reading at all distances, macular degeneration has a profound impact on day to day activities.
This makes it important to maintain regular eye tests on an annual basis when over 70 years of age. Unfortunately, those who are housebound are most at risk of macular degeneration due to age and they are also the least likely to maintain regular eye tests. If you require a home visiting Optician to give you a thorough examination click the button below to request an appointment.
Seeing the bus may not be a problem but seeing the number of the bus will become difficult. Watching TV may be possible but reading the writing on the TV screen will be difficult. At near, whilst seeing pictures may be possible, reading words not large enough will be a chore.
The difficulties with vision that is caused by macular degeneration mean activities at all distances become a challenge. Knowing what solutions can be utilised to make things easier is helpful.
Best lighting for macular degeneration
The amount of lighting required for those with macular degeneration can be up to 3-4x more than normal. This has been demonstrated from studies. High powered glasses and magnifiers require more lighting to be effective.
So which is the best lighting to use for macular degeneration? There is compact fluorescent, halogen, LED and others. But before we go into the type of light source, lets talk about the type of lamp.
Having been on many home visits over 10 years of providing domiciliary optician services, the most common type of lighting I have seen is a table lamp. While providing some local lighting which makes it better than nothing, it is far from adequate.
Firstly the light is directed upwards and downwards due to the lamp shade. This provides a nice glow and is good for mood lighting but not practicle for task lighting.
Secondly, the placement of the lamp is impractical for most near tasks unless the thing you want to look at is placed on the table under the lamp so that enough light falls on it.
So bearing in mind the above, a much better solution would be a task light or angle-poise lamp. The benefit of these is that the light can be directed to your reading area, whether that be in your lap or on a table in front of you.
Task lights are available as floor standing or desktop and some even come in the form of clips that can be clipped on to the edge of a table or bed head board. Depending on where you spend time reading a floor standing or desktop lamp can be useful.
Now that you know the type of lamp to use its time to discuss the light source. A range is available and its often confusing to choose the best lighting for macular degeneration.
Fluorescent lights or compact fluorescents as we know them when used in homes were the energy efficient alternative to incandescent lights or the ordinary light bulbs. The sacrifice for having these types of light sources were the length of time they took to reach peak brightness and the flicker effect that some people are sensitive to.
Advice on lighting from home visiting Opticians
We can arrange a eye test for you at home by a qualified Optometrist. Whilst giving you an eye test in your own home they can also give you advice on lighting and the best light for macular degeneration for your needs. Request an appointment by clicking the button below.