What would it be like to see the world through someone else’s eyes? Thanks to new GIFs, you can do just that. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, the 2012 National Health Interview Survey reported that 20.6 million Americans age 18 and older have some type of vision loss. For those of us with healthy vision, it is difficult to understand what it would be like to be visually impaired (Source: AFB).
Graphics Interchange Format is a bitmap image format that was introduced in 1987 and has been easily adaptable to the Internet because of its wide support and portability. Specialized GIFs from the UK-based Clinic Compare can help us see through the eyes of someone with a degenerative eye condition.
Click here to see the GIFs in action. There are four eye diseases that these GIFs replicate:
Cataracts A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye and accounts for 33 percent of all vision problems. Cataracts are usually associated with older age and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Common symptoms of cataracts include clouded vision, blurred vision, seeing glares, and seeing halos.
Glaucoma. This family of eye diseases damages the optic nerve. Sufferers of glaucoma experience peripheral vision loss, which is irreparable and without cure.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This condition involves the loss of central vision. Instead of losing peripheral vision, AMD sufferers see a dark spot in the middle of their visual field.
Diabetic retinopathy. Diabetics can often develop diabetic retinopathy, which causes blood vessels in the retina to bleed. This can make the appearance of dark spots which cover the visual field.
Sometimes it takes just a moment to see life from another person’s point of view. Maybe a GIF can help motivate you or a loved one to schedule a comprehensive eye exam so you can prevent these eye diseases. Clear vision is a gift that should never be taken for granted. Talk to your ophthalmologist to learn more about how you can keep your eyesight strong for years to come.