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

National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health
This website offers a collection of 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.

Making Vision Simulators

Special Education Technology—British Columbia
This link will download a PowerPoint document with 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

Low Vision Simulators
Low vision simulators and recommended activities; cautions about their effectiveness.
Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Carmen Willings offers many suggestions for activities that help trainees understand how to do daily tasks with visual impairment.