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What light bulb is recommended for reading for someone with macular degeneration?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Contrast is key...: People with macular degeneration who have relatively good vision remaining oftentimes have problems with reading. This can arise from blurring and most importantly from loss of contrast. Halogen lamps work well since they are bright and improve contrast as well as some lens tints. Be sure optimize the angle of the light to minimize glare.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Stronger: Some compensation for the diminshed vision of macular degeneration is possible by increasing the light intensity. Solar corrective bulbs can also help; with this. These improve the vision a little but will not affect the course of the macular changes.
Dr. Robert Janigian
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Bright white light: People with macular diseases in general are "light starved" so directed bright white light is best. This can be from sunlight and 100 w incandescent bulbs. The brightest bulbs are probably halogen or led lights but they are more expensive.

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What light bulb is best for reading for people with macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Not sure: You have to try different bulbs and see what works best for you. What is certain is that patients with macular degeneration need more/brighter light for reading.

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