This Sight Simulator Shows What It’s Like to Be Legally Blind

March 9, 2017


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? Well, the See Now campaign has set out to show you just that.  For most people who are legally blind, it is not a matter of seeing nothing versus seeing clearly.  With the See Now Sight Simulator, you can experience the world as someone who is legally blind might.

Enter a familiar address, and the See Now Sight Simulator will use Google Maps to show you what this familiar location would look like with cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy. 

You can adjust the severity of the eye care issue being displayed, demonstrating the diversity of diagnoses and experiences for those with vision loss.  The Sight Simulator also provides on screen facts about the condition you are viewing to increase awareness and spread knowledge about eye care issues.

The Sight Simulator was well received via Reddit , driving over 50,000 visits in just 4 hours and 191,000 visits total. The Sight Simulator has been featured by:

Vision loss is one of the most common disabilities in the world, with over  223 million people affected, and 4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t need to be.

See Now is a campaign to end avoidable blindness – raising awareness and asking governments to do more to address avoidable blindness. Purpose teamed up with the Fred Hollows Foundation to launch the See Now campaign with the goal of getting eye care to anyone who needs it.

In addition to the Sight Simulator, the See Now campaign continues to tell the stories of eye care heroes, like Dr. Ganesh and Dr. Ruit, who have dedicated their lives to saving the sight of others.

Meet Dr Ruit

Meet Dr Ruit: He's given sight back to thousands of people across India!Here's how you can help Dr Ruit save more lives:

Posted by See Now on Monday, February 20, 2017



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