While every attempt is made to have the stated acuity and/or visual field of each simulator correspond as closely as possible to what is stated on the web site (i.e. 20/200), variations in materials may lead to variations in results in any one simulator.
In other words, there may be one that causes the wearer to see a little better or a little worse than what is stated. We do what we can to make the simulators as accurate as possible, but this is, after all, a simulation.
If you think that the simulator you purchased does not meet the acuity or field measurements stated, let us know and we’ll fix it or refund your money (if the simulator is returned in new condition).
Before you send things back, however, you are encouraged to find an eye chart and test the acuity of the simulator to see what it is.
CONSUMERS WITH LOW VISION READ BELOW:
These simulators are generally simulating a particular level of a specific visual pathology.This may or may not be EXACTLY what an individual sees — most likely not.
If you are expecting to replicate your own vision impairment so your kids, spouse, mother-in-law or boss will understand EXACTLY what you see, please don’t waste your time — and mine –by buying, and then returning, these.
There is no way that your vision impairment can be accurately simulated.
However, if you want someone in your life to get a better, general understanding of the functional abilities and limitations that one might experience with a specific level of acuity or field, this is a good place to start.
The take home message is: Replicate your visual abilities/limitations? NO. A general idea of what’s going on? Probably.
EVERYBODY READ THIS:
Remember to use common sense and caution when wearing, or asking others to wear, the simulators.
While people with low vision can do most activities safely and gracefully, they may have had specific training, as well as time to practice and develop their skills.
Going from fully-sighted to visually impaired by simply putting on a simulator requires that the wearer take time to adjust to the new level of vision and avoid hazards such as steps and moving objects.
These simulators should only be used in controlled situations where known or anticipated hazards are not present and when supervision by a knowledgeable, capable person is provided.
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What they say…
“…But the real secret to his [the presenter's] success are the goggles he brings with him that simulate the various types of visual impairment. At the end of the presentation, students are invited to pick a goggle and go walk around the hallways for a few minutes. The change in students is noticeable. They come back to the classroom wanting to talk about the experience. They tell each other “you have to try this pair… okay, what condition is this one again… how would you adapt to this condit…
Recreation Management Instructor
Madison College (MATC)
Students quickly become actively engaged in the learning process and make connections between vision impairment and limitations in occupational performance. Families and team members gain greater insight into the client’s visual limitations.
MS, OTR/L SCLV, FAOTA
Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy Director Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation,
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fork in the Road’s low vision simulators are a great teaching tool: simple, durable and effective for the classroom and the clinic.
Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The low vision simulators … have proven to be very effective… By asking workshop participants to wear the simulators while engaging in typical workday activities they have developed some appreciation for the challenges posed by a visual impairment.
Coalition for Persons with Disabilities
Fork in the Road low vision simulators helped students (and faculty) quickly understand the impact of vision impairment on everyday occupation. Students gained insight into the visual conditions in a way that simple photos or drawings could never provide.
Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Recipient, the AOTA’s 2005
Eleanor Clark Slagle Award
Professor Emeritus Occupational Therapy Program, University Wisconsin-Madison
…we received the simulator yesterday. The young man’s mom was absolutely thrilled. His teachers are having a hard time believing or understanding that he has a vision problem. (You know the scenario.) She was very pleased to have the simulator to show everyone at the next IEP meeting so that the appropriate accommodations will be made for him.
MEd., CPOA CLVT
Low Vision Services of Austin
Thank you for the goggles. We used them for a diabetes awareness expo and they were a big hit!!! Much appreciated.
We have 140 staff members and did a staff meeting whereby each staff member had to wear them for a period of time. They were amazed at how our patients see. It was one of the best things we’ve ever done to educate our staff members.You are a delight to work with.
The Eye Associates
It’s a pleasure to deal with you, your simulators are really useful and a great aid in our work.
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
St. Gaudens, France
The goggles are awesome! When I do a workshop they are very popular. Thanks for making such a wonderful product!
Vision Education Specialist and COM Outreach Services
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind