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Monday, March 08, 2010

Customizable, Low Vision Simulator That Shows how the World Looks to the Visually Impaired

Lighthouse International has launched a new website that features the first customizable, low-vision simulator that shows how a person with an eye disease sees the world. Visitors can choose a video from YouTube and select a filter that simulates retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. While no simulation can accurately reflect what a person with an eye disease actually sees, this simulator suggests some of the visual problems that a person with these eye conditions experience every day.”

Other highlights of the website include:

  • An Interactive Lifestyles Feature Called “Let’s Go!” The start of a searchable database of museums, theaters, and sporting venues offering options for people with a visual impairment, such as touch-tours, audio descriptions and reserved seating. Visitors are asked to add venues and ideas to expand the offerings.
  • Proven Accessibility Standards: Carefully tested, the website is designed to maximize accessibility for people who are visually impaired.
  • Help Near You: A special feature that enables visitors to find an optometrist, ophthalmologist and vision rehabilitation service by city or zip code throughout the United States.
  • Up-To-Date Medical Information On Eye Diseases: Information on the symptoms, causes and treatments for 19 eye diseases -- from macular degeneration to cataracts, dry eye and amblyopia.
  • Up-To-Date Prevention Information On Vision Loss: Tips on preventing computer eye strain and other vision health suggestions for web users and the general public.
  • Spanish Language: Information on key Lighthouse services such as “How to Get Low Vision Services” and “Professional Education” is translated into Spanish.
  • Integration of Social Media: Visitors are encouraged to connect, share, and exchange ideas and experiences about vision loss through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and discussion forums.
Click this link to visit the Vision Simulator:

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy.

For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact:

Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-821-9551
Fax: 212-821-9702

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