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One of the simplest  things you can do to make it safer to live in your chosen space,  is adding more light.  As we age  we need proportionately  more illumination to see what a younger person sees.  Not just night lights -I am talking  also about your daylight spaces.  I have seen quoted  a  60 year old needs twice as much light as a 30 year old.   So that  does not get any better  into  our seventies and eighties. 

It harder for us to see details,  we do not  see contrast  or color as well .  That contrast is what helps you see the  threshold/ the  edge of the rug/the top of the stair    There is not one  magic  light fixture, it is what works for you.  But please realize you can not just put a 100 watt bulb in a  fixture that only allows for  60 watts.  The newer CF or LED bulbs give more illumination with less wattage.  Be sure to read the small print…if you can.

Glare is another age related problem  we often notice first when driving at night.  Especially in the fall, that is when the ophthalmologists offices receive more calls  and you start the discussion of when for  cataract surgery.  Not driving at night  just to avoid this problem will limit your activities.  You can not go anywhere without calculating if you will be back by dark.   There are some glare cutting sun glass type lenses  but  check with your doctor. 

Those who have the open concept/ great room in our houses have the additional problem of changing light bulbs that are  12 ft and up.. I purchased  one the  light bulb extenders it worked well  to change out  bulbs high up  but then I  almost tripped over  the string attached.   But it kept me off a high ladder.

So for those of us that just might  wonder at night to the  kitchen  or bathroom,  make a  runway of   night lights.  It is very affordable.  Some are a bit more expensive but come with  back up for power failures.

Keeping up with your vision care and  putting more illumination on your living space is a self rewarding activity.