What’s the light of your world?

Posted June 8, 2012 by Mandy Smith in

Lighting is so important when trying to accomplish daily tasks. Think about when you are outside and the sun is so bright you are unable to see. Think about when you are indoors and cannot find the light switch in a new environment. Lighting becomes even more important when you have a vision loss.

When a person is losing or lost part of their vision, having the most appropriate lighting possible can make all of the difference. I’ve had people say “I can see anything with the right light.” But one must realize the right light does not mean the brightest light. One consumer explained to me that when she goes outside it’s like she’s looking at a mountain of snow with the glare coming off of it. And no one light source works the best for everyone. Most people with low vision do see best with natural light (sunlight). Others see best with a blue tinted or yellow tinted light to eliminate glare.

If a person isn’t using enough light, they may be missing information they shouldn’t have to be. A lot of people like direct light on the item they are trying to see. There are many lighting options including lamps, overhead lights, windows for natural light and magnifiers with built in lights. As for which will work best it is up to the person and his/her eye condition. I recommend trying different lighting sources and options before other devices or equipment that can be very costly.

Mandy Smith

Mandy has worked at RCIL since June of 2009. She is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and provides services in 32 counties to individuals who are blind or have low vision and are 55 years and older.

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