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Troy, N.Y. -  4/17/2012

New Video Webisode Highlights Adult Eye Changes

"The Aging Eye" Webisode“The Aging Eye,” a brief, informative video about lighting principles for older adults, was recently introduced on the LRC Web site. Narrated by Mariana Figueiro, PhD, the LRC’s Light and Health Program director and associate professor, this Webisode helps viewers to understand physiological changes to the eyes and eyesight as humans age.

“As we grow older, we are more prone to age-related diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration,” Figueiro explains.

In addition, changes to our eyes can also affect sleep patterns and balance. This interactive video also demonstrates how good lighting design can increase our visual capabilities. In addition, links to more information and research results about the topic are provided.

The video is available at the following link: http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/resources/JSFlash/AgingEye/aging_eye_webisode.html.


About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at www.lrc.rpi.edu.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.