Lighting First

The First and most important thing to address when you encounter someone with visual impairments is to look at the lighting within their environment. When I walk into a home now its instinctual for me to assess the lighting in a person’s home but I know this is not everyone’s first instinct. The reason why I address lighting first is because a person will not process what they are seeing if there is not adequate lighting to the back of their eye. Balance and fall risks increase without adequate lighting and we know this to be true because if we were to close our own eyes and stand without holding on we sway in the wind because we do not have our sight to provide visual awareness for balance. According to NIH, Visual impairment is highly prevalent among older adults and a frequent risk factor for fall incidence. Cross-sectional studies show that those with visual impairment had a prevalence of falls ranging from 26% to 38%. This is a staggering statistic showing how much the person’s fall risk increases with visual impairment.

Many people are in the habit of purchasing bulk bulbs and do not pay much attention to the strength of bulbs (wattage) or color of the bulbs (kelvin). They may have always purchased “Soft White” and never knew there were better options out there for lighting. Lets face it when we walk into a Home Depot or Lowes and we walk past the lighting department we all get intimidated when we see all the choices they have for lighting. We want to try and provide some education to the person and family on better options to try and improve the lighting situation. First we must understand lighting better ourselves so we can better educate others on best options for their own personal lighting needs. Learn more on this link to download the Free Lighting Guide For Low Vision.

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