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Useful Apps for Vision Professionals

vision apps collageThere are many applications (apps) available to assist teachers of students with visual impairments and other vision professionals in their work.  I have collected some of my favorite apps in the following categories:


Click here to download the list of recommended vision and hearing apps in .pdf format.


Apps for Vision Information

EyeXam logoEyeXam

Take care of your vision by personalizing the app to receive reminders, order your contact lenses, claim offers and discounts and organize all your appointments in one location.

Eye Handbook app

Diagnostic and treatment reference app for eye care professionals.

atlas of opthalmology logoAtlas of Ophthalmology

Clinical images of virtually all eye diseases.

EyeChart logoEye Chart

Dok's free Snellen Eye Chart is part of a larger collection of useful medical tools and references.

visionsim logoVisionSim

This app was developed to allow people with healthy vision to see the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases.

Vision Test logoVision Test

From Visual Acuity, Astigmatism and Colour Tests - this app will evaluate your eyes in a variety of different ways, all from the comfort of your own home.

ColorTest logoPseudoChromatic ColorTest

These series of images in this app are designed to provide a test which gives a quick assessment of color vision deficiency of congenital origin.

Chromatic Vision Simulator logoChronic Vision Simulator

Color vision simulation tool which simulates the color vision of color vision deficiencies.

Colorspin Flashlight logoColorSpin Flashlight

Rotate your device like a steering wheel and you'll go through the whole spectrum of hues/colors.

Color ID Free logoColor ID Free

This app uses the camera to speak the names of colors in real-time.

MaculaTesting logoMaculaTester

This simple test of your vision can alert you to early changes that may indicate a problem with your macula caused by diabetes or macular degeneration.

Site Selector Lite logoSite Selector Lite

This app is used by eye care professionals to help demonstrate various eye diseases, conditions and treatments to their patients. 

iSight Test logoiSight Test

Measure your eyesight accurately and easily at home, in school, hospital, or anywhere with this app.

Infant Visual Stimulation logoInfant Visual Stimulation

This app contains high contrast pictures in flashcard format, designed for newborns and babies.

Baby Screen logoBaby Screen

This app displays simple animated patterns designed to appeal to babies' developing visual systems.

Lea Test Chart logoLea Test Chart

Using HD display, this app provides a professional tool and instrument for eye diagnostic at hospitals, schools, universities, at homes, etc.

iSnellen logoiSnellen

Bringing the famous Snellen's eye chart to IOS, this app is used by eye care professionals and others to measure visual acuity. 

How well do you see color? app logoHow Well Do You See Color?

This app tests vision with color challenges and puzzles.

iColorNamer4 app iconiColorNamer4

Designed to help normal, blind and color blind individuals to identify/decide color names for every day objects. 

Vision Lights and Magnifiers

LED lightbox appLED Light Box

Slim, ultra bright, versatile and environmentally friendly makes this modern light box ideal for film, slides and x-rays viewing.

Bigger and Brighter logoBigger and Brighter

Reading glasses tool for people who have difficulty reading fine print and focusing on nearby objects due to presbyopia, eye illness, etc.

flashlight free logoFlashlight Free

Instantly turn your iPhone into the brightest possible Flashlight.

LED Torch flashlight logoLED Torch Flashlight

Illuminate your way in the dark using the built-in LED flash.

VisionAssist logoVisionAssist

New category of handheld electronic magnifier.

BigMagnify Free LogoBigMagnify Free

Use the ENTIRE screen as a BIG magnifying glass.

magnifying glass with light logoMagnifying Glass with Light

Digital magnifier with flashlight.

Night Vision logoNight Vision

Takes real pictures and videos at the lowest luminosity without any additional appliances on iPhone. 

Quick Brightness logoQuick Brightness

Use as a widget to change screen brightness.

Binoculars logoBinoculars

12x Photo-Quality Zoom and one-tap access to Satellite Aerial View.

Easy Reader

Easy Reader RSS is here to fill the void in the RSS Reader market.

light detector app logoLight Detector

This app transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound.

mirror 3-in-1 logoMirror 3-in-1

Mirror 3-in-1 uses the iPhone 4's camera and LED flash as a mirror, a magnifying glass, and a flashlight.


Visual Scanning Ideas

AnimalDiscovery logoAnimal Discovery

Game where users learn about animals and feed/take care of them.

Animal Discovery II logoAnimal Disovery II

Interactive iPad game for kids allowing them to visually recognize and learn about animals.

Animalia logoAnimalia

Deluxe images to truly see the finite detail and brand new touch based interactive features.

Cut the Rope logoCut the Rope

Game: Cut the rope to feed candy to little monster Om Nom®.

Bug Hunter logoThe Bug Hunter HD

Move the magnifying glass to locate the the selected bug(s) in the display jar.

Word Search logoWord Search Unlimited Free

Play unlimited high quality word search puzzles, with user selected themes.

Glow Hockey logoGlow Hockey

Game: Using glow lights to highlight the hockey game, easy to play, hard to master.

B&W High Contrast logoB&W High Contrast

Interactions are designed with an action / reaction play pattern – perfect for even the youngest babies.

Big Bang LogoBig Bang Pictures

High contrast animated images and great sound effects designed to provide visual stimulation and to develop and assess visual preferences.

Pocket Bowling 3D HD logoPocket Bowling 3D HD

Pocket Bowling 3D comes with a power packed Bowling games in 3Dimension View. It is well designed with all aspects of a standard bowling game, to give users an awesome gaming experience.

Peeping Musicians logoPeeping Musicians

Black background and brightly coloured musicians provide great contrast making this activity very suitable for users with visual and perceptual difficulties.

Baby First Look - Moving Patterns logoBaby First Look - Moving Patterns

This app pleasantly animate various patterns with soothing classics or nature sounds.

baby view app logoBaby View

Variety of simple and interactive scenes for parent and baby to enjoy together. The scenes promote visual development, focus and motion tracking.

Eye Movement Training app logoEye Movement Training

Activities on this app improves the eye muscle usage by following the moving object by rolling eyeball only.

Splashy Fish logoSplashy Fish

Tap on your device to make the fish swim.

piano tiles logoPiano Tiles - Don't Tap the White Tile

In this game, players tap the black tiles to create musical notes, and lose if they tap the white tiles.



VisualBraille logoVisualBraille (VB) Lite

This app promotes learning of standard Braille code. 

visualbraille logoVisualBraille

Developed to help Vocational Rehabilitation instructors, Orientation and Mobility instructors learn to read and comprehend Braille by providing a means to translate common words, sentences, numbers, and computer related information from text to Braille.

PocketBraille Lite logoPocketBraille Lite

Learn the alphabet and punctuation symbols of the Braille code as an entry point to the language. logoBraille.Now

Designed to teach sighted persons how to recognize the Braille letters a-z.

Braille 123 logoBraille 123

Learning game that will teach you to recognize the Braille Alphabet Symbols.

Brialle Driller logoBraille Driller

'Connect-the-dots' mix & match, multiple choice games to match a Braille character & standard letters, toggle dots in a Braille character to the correct pattern for a letter or digit, and lots of other activites.


Collage of useful apps for vision professionals

Please note that you may need to check whether the app has been updated or whether it only works with certain operating systems.  Please let us know if you have any information to share about any of the apps on this page!  You can email us or leave a comment below. 



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Previous comments for Useful Apps for Vision Professionals

Charlotte Cushman commented on October 31, 2017

Thanks for calling this to our attention, Sam!  We love that it's free too.