Eye disease affects millions of people. But describing vision loss is difficult. With NEI’s virtual reality (VR) app, you can experience what it’s like to live with vision loss from common eye diseases.

To get started, download the NEI VR: See What I See app on your smartphone.

Download on the app store        Get it on Google play

 

NEI cardboard VR headset

Immerse yourself in NEI’s VR experience with a free Google Cardboard headset!

Anyone can use NEI’s VR app or watch the videos below to explore what it’s like to live with vision loss. But a Google Cardboard headset can help you get the full NEI VR experience on your smartphone — and we’re giving away headsets to the first 50 people who request them!

  • To get a headset, just send an email to 2020@nei.nih.gov. Be sure to include your U.S. shipping address.

  • We would also love to hear how you plan to use the headset or app, if you choose to tell us.

Preview the See What I See VR Experience

Explore these images and videos from the See What I See app. Be sure to download the app for the true VR experience!

AMD

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

Cataracts

When you have a cataract, the lens of your eye gets cloudy. The view is like looking through dusty glass.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can cause vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. People with diabetic retinopathy may see floaters (dark spots that move around) and have blurry vision.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma causes vision loss by damaging the optic nerve in the back of your eye. One of the first signs of glaucoma is loss of peripheral (side) vision. Eye exams can catch glaucoma early, before it affects your vision.

Mobile App Privacy Policy

NEI developed the See What I See mobile app, which is available for download on the Google Play and iOS app stores. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII), such as name, phone number, mailing address, email address, or location, when users download the app. We also do not collect any device-specific information, such as IP addresses or IMEI numbers. Read NEI’s complete Website Privacy Policy.

Last updated: August 11, 2020