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

Eye Disorders
Lighthouse International
Brief descriptions of several common eye disorders and simulations of their effect on vision.

Photos, Images and Videos
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.

Simulations of Eye Disorders
Richmond Eye Associates
Simulations of visual symptoms caused by a variety of eye disorders, ranging from simple refractive error to neurological conditions.

Simulations of Vision Loss
Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation
The images allow the viewer to experience the effects of various vision disorders.

Vision Simulation
Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Simulations of various types of functional vision loss.

Vision Simulation Video
Vision Aware
Video depicting the impact of the most common age-related eye conditions.
Website containing simulated and animated images.

Vision Simulators
The Vision Community
This site offers simulations, image sets, and animation.

Making Vision Simulators

How to Make Homemade Vision Simulators
Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers With Visual Impairments
Directions for making vision simulators from easily acquired materials.

Making a Vision Simulator
Special Education Technology—British Columbia
Instructions for making goggle and plastic wrap simulators.

Make Your Own Vision Impairment Simulators
Dona Sauerburger
Definitions, instructions, and issues to consider in design and use of simulators.

Vision Simulation Activities

Ideas for 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 Simulation Activities
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.