Sim City for Low Vision Folks

I have already written a love letter to Amazon. Today I am going to write a love letter to the Apple app store. So, I’m fickle. Shoot me.

There are some cool, free things in the App Store. I downloaded a magnifier that uses the camera on my tablet to take images and enlarge them, for example. However, today I want to talk about the Macular Degeneration Simulator.

People are great. I said that before but it bears repeating. People are great but unless AMD has touched them directly they have not a clue what it is. You know how people hear ‘visually impaired’ or ‘centrally blind’ and all they think about is total sight loss! People have a lot of wrong ideas about what is going on with us AMD folks.

People are great but many hear ‘visually impaired’ or ‘centrally blind’ and all they think about is total sight loss!

I have had several people take my arm and try to steer me. Sweet and caring thoughts are behind the actions. However, I don’t really need that kind of help. I can still navigate pretty well and expect to be able to do it for some time to come.

Several sweet people have taken my arm to try to steer me but I can still navigate pretty well.

I have also had several people suggest I get a dog. To begin with, the beastie baby is used to being an only dog. Also, unless you can find me a dog that can read, tell me whom I am looking at and drive, I have no use for a service dog.

Like I said, people are great, but they don’t get this Macular Degeneration business. Enter the handy-dandy Apple AMD Simulator.  On your iPhone or iPad go to the App Store and search for ‘macular degeneration rnib’. RNIB stands for Royal National Institute of Blind People

I downloaded this app from the App Store. It is a great price: free. It has four settings: normal, early, middle and *shudder* late disease. The late simulation scares the bejesus out of me.

The Apple AMD Simulator has 4 settings: normal, early, middle and *shudder* late disease.

How I see is worse than early and less than middle. I went from basically normal to that in about two weeks time, but that was an earlier post.

I have been using the AMD Simulator to show people how I see. A fair number of them have expressed relief; they realize my vision is not great, but not as bad as they had feared (at least not yet). The late setting scares the bejesus out of them, too. It makes me feel good that they understand and feel better. Also, being an educator at heart, I feel good that I have been able to share some knowledge.

So there that is. If you have folks in your life who don’t get it, try showing them how you see. The AMD Simulator is in the App Store and it is free.

I highly recommend the free Apple app AMD Simulator to show folks what AMD actually is.

Click here if want to see the effects of MD vision loss in photo form–perhaps you will want to print out this page & keep it with you to show others what you are experiencing, especially if you don’t have an Apple device.

Next: I’m Baaacccckkkk!

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