Proper Lighting Solutions
While many low vision patients experience photophobia or are very glare sensitive, they also require a tremendous amount of light to perform tasks with their low vision aids. The correct use of lighting is just as important as using the correct low vision aid. If a person is able to read outside with their back to the sun but cannot read in their home, they most likely do not have the correct lighting. Viewfinder has a large selection of reading and task lamps. We also have a selection of portable lamps that can be taken to restaurants, card games and other activities. The best type of lamp is a goose-neck lamp that directs the light directly over the shoulder while reading. This will give enough light on the reading material but will not cause glare. A lamp that is placed to the side, or on a side table, may be a source of glare and shadows. Good direct task light is also important for seeing food while eating, working in the shop or in the kitchen. Have portable lights or flashlights to help with dark areas in the home.