Millions of people are affected by eye diseases. But describing vision loss is difficult. NEI’s virtual reality (VR) experience enables you to explore life with vision loss from common eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

Download the “NEI VR: See What I See” application to your smartphone (Android or iOS).

Download on the app store        Get it on Google play       

To access the experience within the application:

  • Select an eye disease (AMD or cataracts)
  • Choose your scene (grocery store or city street at night)
  • Press the trigger to activate the eye disease overlay

Virtual Reality Videos and Images

Browse our images and videos to experience vision loss from AMD or cataracts.

AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes blurriness or spots in the center of your vision.

See What I See: AMD

AMD — short for age-related macular degeneration — causes blurriness or spots in the center of your vision. This video explores what life might look like with vision loss caused by AMD.

aisle in grocery store as seen by a person with normal vision

Normal vision

aisle of grocery store as seen by a person with AMD; center of vision has black spots and is blurry

AMD

Cataracts

A cataract causes clouding of the eye’s lens. The view is like looking through dusty glass.

See What I See: Cataracts

 

When you have a cataract, the lens of your eye gets cloudy — it’s almost like you’re looking through dusty glass. This video explores what life might look like with vision loss caused by cataracts.

city street at night as seen by a person with normal vision

Normal vision

city street at night as seen by a person with cataracts; view is blurry and brown tinged

Cataracts

Last updated: June 2019