5. Give your eyes the light they need
Dr Karen: “As we get older our eyes change. The muscles that control pupil size get weaker and let less light in, and the lens hardens. These changes mean that, according to the IES, people over 65 need four times the amount of light compared to someone who is under 25. We’ve all experienced the familiar struggle of trying to read the restaurant menu once the lights are dimmed past a certain point… meanwhile someone younger sitting next to you has no problem at all.
Also with age, the lens of the eye gradually yellows which affects colour perception. This yellowing lens absorbs and scatters blue light, making it difficult to see differences in shades of blue, green and violet. Colours may seem duller, and contrasts between colours will be less noticeable. This may cause confusion when picking out clothes or performing other tasks that require colour perception.”
• Ensure you have bright enough lighting as your eyes age.
• Bulbs with a CRI above 80 may best help older eyes with colour definition.