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How Your Eyes Change With Age – Color Spectrum

Did you know that as we age, we have more difficulty distinguishing all of the colors of the spectrum?

Colors lose their vibrancy, it become harder for us to distinguish between different colors, and slight color nuances become lost to our eyes.

Decreased color vision. Cells in the retina that are responsible for normal color vision decline in sensitivity as we age, causing colors to become less bright and the contrast between different colors to be less noticeable. In particular, blue colors may appear faded or “washed out.”

Source: HOW YOUR EYES CHANGE WITH AGE

 

While this is a natural result the yellowing of the lenses in our aging eyes, we always recommend that the best eye health starts with regular eye exams and doctor visits.  

At Microsun, we’ve engineered our light with the needs of your aging eyes in mind, specifically addressing this issue of color rendition and clarity.

The light from a Microsun is designed to enhance the colors in the blue spectrum, enabling users to once again distinguish the full rainbow of colors with renewed clarity.

 

Color clarity is important to all of us, perhaps even more so to those with intricate hobbies such as model painting, sewing or cross stitching.

Susan from New Mexico is an award-winning cross stitch artist, often working ten or more hours a day to create her incredible projects.  The intricacy involved in cross-stitching often leads to eye strain and difficulty differentiating between the hues of the many thread colors.

Susan had tried many lamps and became discouraged over her need for more light, and then she saw an ad for Microsun, and that made all the difference.

Once Susan tried Microsun, she noted that the difference between Microsun light and those other lamps was “night and day.”

Learn more about Susan HERE

 

Whether you are a hobby enthusiast, a crafter, love to complete jigsaw puzzles or enjoy reading your favorite book, Microsun light can help!  Choose your favorite lamp style and bring Microsun light into your home or office.  You’ll see full spectrum colors with brightness and clarity, and you’ll be able to do what you love for longer under Microsun light!  

We always have a 30-day money-back guarantee and our lamps are under warranty for 2 years, so you can buy with confidence.  Give us a call (937-552-2424) – we love to talk about our light!

 

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Dr. Heath Gilbert, Optometrist, Evaluates Microsun Light

Dr. Heath Gilbert is an Optometrist in Dayton, Ohio who graduated with his Doctorate in Optometry from The Ohio State University and currently practices at the Dayton Optometric Center.  He has served as president of the Miami Valley Society of Optometrists and also consults with the Dayton Veterans Administration.

As we age, it is inevitable that we will experience some level of vision loss.  As an optometrist, Dr. Gilbert is very aware of the issues associated with those of us who live with vision loss. He has a Microsun lamp in his low-vision rehabilitation practice and sees his patients benefit from Microsun.  According to Dr. Gilbert, most patients who read an eye chart under a Microsun lamp  can see 1-2 lines beneath where they typically read with standard light. He also notes that people are better able to read even poorly printed materials like magazines, etc. under the clarity of Microsun light.

Watch the video above to hear Dr. Gilbert talk about age-related vision loss and Microsun light.  You can see the difference that 8x better, brighter light will make in your own home or office.  Like Dr. Gilbert’s patients, you will also enjoy the benefit of improved quality of life when you choose a Microsun lamp.

The lamp shown in the video is a  Microsun Solis with swing arm extended, allowing brilliant Microsun light to be directed downward towards your paper, book, etc. for optimal lighting efficiency.

 

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Does Reading in Low Light Harm Your Eyes?

Since we were young, our parents have warned us to make sure we have plenty of light when we read.  As a child, I often disregarded that warning, choosing post-bedtime undercover reading by flashlight.  Back then, it wasn’t a strain to read under poor lighting…

Dayton area optometrist Heath Gilbert demonstrates the brightness of Microsun light on reading materials.

However, as we age, it’s time we once again listen to mom and dad who wanted us have the right light when we read.

Do your eyes get tired?  Are you fatigued and finding it hard to focus when you read for extended periods of time?  If so, then you need more light. We always recommend regular eye examinations and proper medical treatment; however, you will often see marked improvement simply by ensuring that you have the light you need.

Microsun lamps are 8x brighter than standard lamps, optimized to help you do what you love for longer, with reduced eye strain and less fatigue.  Read longer, under better light with Microsun.

 

“Your lamps have dramatically improved my ability to read fine print in newspapers. Perfect.”  -James S.

PREVENTING AND TREATING EYESTRAIN  Although eyestrain isn’t permanent, it can be uncomfortable. The first line of defense against eyestrain is to have regular vision screening examinations to ensure that your eyes are healthy and also to monitor for vision changes….Wearing your glasses or contacts as directed and reading under better lighting conditions should resolve most of your eyestrain symptoms.

Source: Reading In Low Light May Harm Your Eyes : Silverstein Eye Centers

If you need more light, Microsun can help.   We have many different lamp styles to choose from, all with brilliant Microsun light.

Originally customized for the Library of Congress, this brass and faux leather design is our best selling desk lamp. Lamp shown in black.  Also available in brown faux leather or aged cherry hardwood.  We also have matching floor lamps.  

The light from a Microsun is a natural feeling as the sun itself, and you will find yourself being able to do what you love for longer, under better, brighter light!

Give us a call (937-552-2424) – We love to talk about our light!

Age Related Vision Issues May Start Earlier Than You Think…

Do you tilt your newspaper or book towards the window when trying to read the small print?  Are your glasses coming off when you attempt to decipher the numbers on your credit card?

You may be one of millions who are experiencing what it means to have aging eyes, and people are feeling these effects as early as their 40’s.   It’s recommended that you have regular vision checks and maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay on top of any problems needing medical treatment.

For many, dealing with the struggles of aging eye can be as simple as making small changes to have a big impact on your quality of life.

Need for more light. As you age, you need more light to see as well as you used to. Brighter lights in your work area or next to your reading chair will help make reading and other close-up tasks easier.

You’ll want to have the best light you can.  This means light optimized for  less glare and more clarity to ease the strain on your eyes.

As we age, the lens of our eyes starts to lose the transparency and become clouded, so you will want to look for lighting that will compensate for these changes in your eyes,and enhance those spectral colors that we tend to have more difficulty seeing as we age.

Choosing proper lighting is one of the easiest and best changes you can make as you live with the aging process and how it affects your vision.  Quality lighting is essential to ease your eye strain and tension headaches, while enabling you to do what you love for longer.

Source: Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age

If you are in the market for better light or have questions about how to best meet your lighting needs, please drop us a note and we’ll be happy to help.  [email protected]

Seeing better will extend your life?

Interesting article about cataract surgery and its benefits in the New York Times today. While a Microsun lamp doesn’t cure cataracts, the full spectrum high intensity light is color balanced to make reading with cataracts easier, and in the early stages, it can be a huge help. Cataracts are a readers worst enemy, a Microsun lamp is a readers best friend.

After 72 very nearsighted years, 55 of them spent wearing Coke-bottle glasses, Jane Quinn of Brooklyn, N.Y., is thrilled with how well she can see since having her cataracts removed last year.
“It’s very liberating to be able to see without glasses,” Ms. Quinn told me. “My vision is terrific. I can even drive at night. I can’t wait to go snorkeling.”

And I was thrilled to be able to tell her that the surgery very likely did more than improve her poor vision. According to the results of a huge new study, it may also prolong her life.

The 20-year study, conducted among 74,044 women aged 65 and older, all of whom had cataracts, found a 60 percent lower risk of death among the 41,735 women who had their cataracts removed. The findings were published online in JAMA Ophthalmology in October by Dr. Anne L. Coleman and colleagues at the Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, with Dr. Victoria L. Tseng as lead author.

A cataract is a clouding and discoloration of the lens of the eye. This normally clear structure behind the iris and pupil changes shape, enabling incoming visual images to focus clearly on the retina at the back of the eye. When cataracts form, images get increasingly fuzzy, the eyes become more sensitive to glare, night vision is impaired, and color contrasts are often lost. One friend at 74 realized she needed cataract surgery when she failed to see the yellow highlighted lines in a manuscript she was reading; for her husband, then 75, it was his ophthalmologist who said “it’s time.”

Cataracts typically form gradually with age, and anyone who lives long enough is likely to develop them. They are the most frequent cause of vision loss in people over 40. Common risk factors include exposure to ultraviolet radiation (i.e., sunlight), smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, prolonged use of corticosteroids, extreme nearsightedness and family history.
Wearing sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and a hat are important preventives. Eating lots of foods rich in vitamin E (such as spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds and sweet potatoes); the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin (in kale, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables), and omega-3 fatty acids (in spinach and oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines) may also reduce the risk of cataracts.

Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed operation in the United States, with more than three million Americans having cataracts removed each year, according to the organization Prevent Blindness America. With tiny instruments, the cloudy lens is sucked out of the eye and an artificial lens inserted in its place. After about half an hour in recovery, patients can go home.
“Not only can cataract surgery give people a better life while they’re living it, they can also live more of it,” Dr. Coleman said in an interview. The women in the study who underwent cataract surgery lived longer even though, over all, they were sicker to begin with — as a group, they had more heart attacks, chronic pulmonary disease, peptic ulcers and glaucoma than those who did not have surgery.

Previous studies had shown a lower mortality risk in men as well as women following cataract surgery, Dr. Coleman said. The new study, while confirming the earlier findings of fewer deaths in women, was also large enough to show just how the operation can extend life. Those who had cataract surgery subsequently had reduced risks of death from cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological and infectious diseases, as well as cancer and accidents.

In explaining this result, Dr. Coleman said that when people can see better, “they can also move more and get more exercise. They can see their pills better and may be more likely to take them and take the right ones. The surgery also improves visual contrast, which decreases the risk of accidental deaths from falls or driving. It’s important to get the best vision a person can have.”

Source: Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life – The New York Times

And for those of us who love reading, life isn’t quite as much fun when our favorite pastime becomes a struggle. The high output, full spectrum light you get with a Microsun lamp is one of the best ways to make reading a joy again- and possibly extend your life.

Black Friday is fading as people find alternatives

More and more people are choosing to relieve some stress and stay home on Black Friday…or better yet, to get outside and enjoy!

The flurry of activity in malls and department stores on Black Friday has often become synonymous with stress, rage and poor behavior.

Many are opting out this year and choosing to spend the day away from the chaos of Black Friday.

“This November, there is a seismic shift in when and how adults are shopping for holiday gifts,” said George Noceti, a vice president and wealth adviser with Morgan Stanley. “I call it the graying of Black Friday.”

Increased ease of online shipping makes it a less stressful, lucrative choice for a growing number of holiday shoppers. Shopping in pajamas behind on your laptop or tablet while sipping your favorite winter beverage has an appeal that a frenzied shopping mall crowd simply cannot match.

As online shopping becomes easier and more efficient all the time, with discounts that rival or surpass those offered in brick-and-mortar stores, people are choosing to take advantage of e-commerce and are often buying experiences over things, Fosina said.

This holiday season, we at Microsun want you to relax, enjoy and perhaps get outside to savor the last bits of Autumn before winter blows in full force.  Better lighting will help pass those coming winter nights, and this year we’re making it easier for you to find the best light for your home or office.

CLICK HERE to see our Cyber Monday preview sales and CHECK HERE again on Monday to see the full sale – best prices of the year on many of our most popular lamps!

We make it easy.  Stay home.  Avoid the crowds and gift the gift of light this holiday season – Microsun light!  Monday is the day – Visit us online or give us a call at 937-552-2424!

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Source: Black Friday is fading as people find alternatives