Adjust Lighting & Reduce Glare
By: Carmen Willings
Updated April 7, 2020
Some individuals with visual impairments will need adjustments to the lighting to minimize the negative impact of their visual impairment. Depending on the individual's visual needs, they may need additional lighting or reduced lighting.
Not everyone will have the same needs as lighting that is comfortable to one person may not be comfortable to another person. The following suggestions will help you discover ways to reduce glare and make lighting adaptations. Keep in mind that each person will have their own unique visual needs and you will need to adjust accordingly.
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For individuals that need higher levels of lighting to see best, consider using task lighting. When using task lighting, light directed on the task should come from opposite the dominant hand and directed only onto the task. Other persons may be sensitive to high levels of light and the lighting will need to be controlled to assist them in using their vision. Lamps with controls to vary the intensity of light (a rheostat control) can provide the additional or dimmed illumination.
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