Apps for blind and visually impaired

Having low vision can be frustrating, especially when friends and family cannot relate. For those suffering from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or cataracts, there is now an app that will show sighted people the world through your eyes. VisionSim, developed by the Braille Institute, turns on the camera of the iPhone with filters the lens with distortion that mimics the selected eye condition. On the screen for each filter there is a “learn more” button with information. This app is well though out and is offered for free.

Braille Institute’s VisionSim (v3.0) app for iPhone and iPad was developed to allow people with healthy vision to see the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases. The eye diseases that are simulated are: age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, chronic open-angle glaucoma, corneal edema, diabetic retinopathy, homonymous hemianopia, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa.

The application uses the camera in the iPhone or iPad along with digital filters to allow the user to experience the symptoms of a particular disease. Using sliding touch-screen controls, the user can manipulate the severity of the symptoms. Still images from the simulations can be saved by the user and stored or shared.