How proper lighting design and circadian rhythm support can improve the lives of glaucoma patients.
Glaucoma is a common ocular disease and a major cause of blindness due to irreversible damage of the eye’s optic nerve. As a result, light sensitivity and glaucoma tend to go hand in hand, but patients need glare-free light. With proper lighting design and by incorporating lighting to support circadian rhythm, those living with glaucoma can have a safer living environment and enjoy an improved quality of life.
According to the CDC, more than 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Vision loss from glaucoma usually first affects peripheral vision (what you can see on the side of your head when looking ahead). Later, it will affect your central vision, which is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks like reading and driving. There is not a cure for glaucoma, but early detection can slow or prevent further vision loss, making annual vision exams important.