Technical Note: Domestic lighting requirements for elderly patients

Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Bowman, Kenneth J., & Farmer, Elizabeth J. (1983) Technical Note: Domestic lighting requirements for elderly patients. Australian Journal of Optometry, 66(3), pp. 93-97.


It is a well established fact that older persons require higher levels of illumination to meet their visual needs, than do younger people. However, most interior lighting standards pay little attention to the needs of older persons. These standards give few recommendations for domestic lighting and rarely does illumination in homes meet the recommended levels. This paper discusses the role of the optometrist in the assessment of the response of older patients to illuminance levels and presents information which can help the optometrist better advise older persons on their domestic lighting requirements.

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ID Code: 5668
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: visual impairment, domestic lighting, lighting standards, illuminance levels, disability glare, elderly patients
ISSN: 0045-0642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1983 Australian Optometrical Association
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:16

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