Frequently Asked Questions
What are the simulators made of?
The simulators start out as a welder’s goggle. We remove the some parts of the goggle and add materials to create the simulation. The sides, top and bottom of the simulators are made of a soft vinyl, and the front is made of a hard plastic. The lenses are made of plastic..
Do the goggles block the light from the sides and from the top?
Yes. The goggles are made to protect the eyes of welders so they completely cover the eyes.
How many in a “set”?
There are 13 simulators altogether, and they are sold as a set or individually. This allows you to buy only the ones you want and in combinations that make sense for you. The French have a word for this: “al a carte”.
Why do both eyes see the same? Don’t people with low vision have differences in acuity or visual field in each eye?
People with low vision often have a different level of visual acuity or field in each eye. However, the purpose of the simulators is NOT to replicate an individual’s functional vision rather, it is to give fully sighted people a good idea of the general issues a person with low vision might face. Also, if one eye has significantly better visual acuity than the other, the brain usually attends to the image from the preferred eye. In other words, a person who has 20/100 (6/60) in one eye and 20/400 (6/120) in the other will usually see at the level of the eye with better acuity when both eyes are used together.
Does it make a difference if I wear glasses or not when I use the simulators?
Probably. The simulators are designed to be worn over glasses. Doing this will help you experience a more accurate version of the stated acuity.
What does the red and black coloring in the diabetic retinopathy simulator represent?
The red color represents a fresh vitreous hemorrhage. Since it would be likely to settle to the bottom of the eye, the inverted image would cause it appear near the top of the visual field. The black coloring represents vitreous floaters which could be the remnants of old hemorrhages.
Are the simulators marked or labeled when I receive them?
Yes, each simulator is labeled with the item number, the name of the condition and its level of acuity or visual field.
How long does it take to get my order?
Typically, an order is filled in about a week. Standard shipping is UPS, FedEx Ground or USPS Priority Mail, so add on another 3-5 working days (for US delivery). If you need it shipped in fewer than 5 business days after I receive all the necessary information (RUSH order), there is an extra fee of 15%.
What if I’m not happy with them after I get them?
If there was a mistake in the order or it arrived damaged, let me know right away. If the order is correct but the simulators are not what you thought they would be, just let me know (phone, fax, or email) and send them back in new, unused condition and I’ll refund the cost of the simulator(s). You should also read the disclaimer.
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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