Specialized Map Shows How People With Vision Loss See the World

What if you could see the world through someone else’s eyes? Well, now you can. See Now, a non-profit organization, created a simulator that lets you see how someone with cataracts, glaucoma or retinopathy sees the world. These are three of the most common degenerative eye diseases that cause widespread vision loss worldwide.

The map allows you to select the lens through which you want to see as you “walk” around the street. You also can adjust the severity of the condition that you choose. This is what the street will look like with the three conditions:

  1. Cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. Clicking on the cataract lens will make the street look fuzzy and blurred.
  2. Glaucoma. Glaucoma refers to a family of diseases that damage the optic nerve. Using the glaucoma lens will make the street look bright in certain areas and darker in others.
  3. Retinopathy. This condition is characterized by blood vessel damage in the back of the eye. The retinopathy lens will show spots or dark strings floating in your visual field.

Jeff Todd, the COO and vice president of partner organization Prevent Blindness said, “The simulator is one way to bring attention to these problems so someone with normal vision can type in their home address and see how much more challenging it is to see what you see on a daily basis.”

The best way to prevent these simulations from becoming a reality is to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams with your doctor. A comprehensive eye exam includes screenings for all three of these conditions, and a full eye exam can also provide a window into your overall health. If you are not under the care of an eye care professional, please use your physician locator tool to find a specialist in your area (Source: Daily Mail).


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