Your eyes just aren’t what they used to be. You can squint, crane your neck, even bribe your optometrist but it’s an unavoidable fact–your eyes are changing, and so are you.

As you grow older, less light reaches the back of your eyes. Your pupils get smaller while the lens inside your eye becomes thicker which absorbs more light. Your lens starts to scatter more light as you age, adding a “luminous veil” over images on your retina.

What does this mean for your eyes? Contract and sharpness of objects will be negatively affected, meaning things just don’t look as crisp as they used to, while the vividness of colors starts to depreciate.

How can you finish Fifty Shades of Grey without the right light?

Don’t get too down on yourself. Who knows, with GPS’s nowadays, maybe someone will actually find that Fountain of Youth. Until then, you’re going to need to make some changes in your personal lighting system. Here’s some bright ideas:

  • Let there be light. Increase light levels; place fixtures close to your task or purchase lamps with a higher lumen output (many of the newer lamps on the shelves will have the information printed right on the side of the box).
  • Get rid of the glare. Shades, blinds or curtains can help you cut down on daylight brightness. Keep in mind that where your light source is pointed could also be adding to glare. Some smart maneuvering off of shiny surfaces should help.
  • Get colorful. Lamps with a higher CRI (color rendering index) will make your favorite blue sweater pop just like it used to.

The Lighting Research Center and the Illuminating Engineering Society  are 2 great resources on the aging eye with even more tips and tricks to adding visual comfort in your home or office.

Have you found any tricks that help you when it comes to visual comfort? Have a question about something above? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Jacy Everett
Director of Business Development
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