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Why older adults see better in the doctor’s office.



We write a lot about the need for good lighting.  Here are a few interesting quotes from a Washington University study, as well as a link to the complete article below. If you or a loved one is having trouble seeing, maybe you need to boost your lighting!

From the study:

“It’s very common for older patients to have concerns about their vision but then test well on the eye charts when we examine them,” said first author Anjali M. Bhorade, MD, a Washington University ophthalmologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

“In this study, we found that vision in patients’ homes was significantly worse than in the clinic. The major factor contributing to this difference was poor lighting in the home.”

“The lighting levels were below the recommended range in more than 85 percent of the homes we visited.”

Here is the complete article:

Older adults see better in the doctor’s office | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis.