Simulation of Vision Conditions

Vision simulation is one way to understand how the world is experienced by someone with a visual impairment. This section has links to photographs, activities, and instructions for creating your own vision simulators.
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic:


Images and Simulations of Eye Disorders

Lighthouse International
Brief descriptions of several common eye disorders and simulations of their effect on vision.
National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health
This website offers a collection of downloaded photos, images and videos of eye anatomy, including simulations of vision disorders.
Richmond Eye Associates
Simulations of visual symptoms caused by a variety of eye disorders, ranging from simple refractive error to neurological conditions.
Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation
The images allow the viewer to experience the effects of various vision disorders.
Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Simulations of various types of functional vision loss.
Vision Aware
Video depicting the impact of the most common age-related eye conditions.
Website containing simulated and animated images.
The Vision Community
This site offers simulations, image sets, and animation.

Making Vision Simulators

Special Education Technology—British Columbia
Instructions for making goggle and plastic wrap simulators.
Dona Sauerburger
Definitions, instructions, and issues to consider in design and use of simulators.

Vision Simulation Activities

V.I. Guide
Integrating a student with low vision; helping students understand visual impairment by use of vision simulation activities. Includes a list of books with visually impaired characters.
Low Vision Simulators
Low vision simulators and recommended activities; cautions about their effectiveness.
Low Vision Online
Includes low vision definitions, simulation tools, links, and more.

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