A resounding 75% of eye disease is preventable based on early detection, and today I’m going to show you a nifty tool to help you on your way to becoming better informed about eye disease. I’m talking about CNIB’s IOS iSimulator App, which you can download here. Please share with your family and friends!
Not only can the iSimulator inform and educate about eye disease, it can also connect you to your nearest Doctor of Optometry, based on your current location, anywhere in Canada. Learn about preventable eye disease, and then take the action to book an appointment. It’s easy and available at your fingertips and on the go, but for now only on your iDevice - sorry Android users!
The top level navigation for the App contains the Eye Condition Simulator. The app is a visual tool that caters to sighted users primarily. It’s designed to inform and educate sighted users and their family and friends as an aid in vision loss prevention.
The Eye Condition Simulator shows a sighted person what common eye diseases looks like, from the perspective of the person experiencing them. There are different Eye Condition Simulator settings for Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Diabetic Retinopathy. There is a very handy Find an Optometrist tool, (remember we’re urging you get your eyes checked this May), links to find a CNIB office, and CNIB.ca.
Here is a look at the Eye Condition Simulator for Macular Degeneration. It has a sliding scale so the (sighted) user can see various stages of progression of the illness. A user can also share the screen with friends on Twitter, Facebook or email by clicking on the camera icon.
Here is a look at the Eye Condition Simulator for Glaucoma. It has that same sliding scale so the (sighted) user can see various stages of progression of the illness.
Here is a look at the Eye Condition Simulator for Cataracts. You guessed it, the sliding scale shows progression of the illness.
The simulator for Diabetic Retinopathy has the ever present sliding scale so the (sighted) user can see various stages of progression.
The More Info button on the Eye Condition Screen links to CNIB.ca and a wider body of knowledge about the particular condition. Ah, the delights of the mighty internet!
Hopefully now you have a better idea about what preventable eye disease looks like. As part of Vision Health Month this May, we hope you’ll move on to do this one simple thing to help prevent vision loss: make an appointment with a Doctor of Optometry near you. Here we see a list of optometrist results, closest to my current location, the CNIB Centre in mid-town Toronto.
And now I’m off to call Dr. Joanna Yu, my friendly neighbourhood Doctor of Optometry for an eye exam. A call that is overdue!
By: John Lalley