Eye Related Apps for Mobiles and Tablets
There are several apps for smartphones and tablets popping up on a regular basis these days. Below we will have an up to date list of applications which are available on the App Store for iOS and on the Google Play store for Android.
Apps for Colour Vision and Colour Blindness
Did you know there are apps for people with colour blindness to help them distinguish the colors a “normal” eye sees? There are also apps to help people who are not colour deficient to see the world the way someone with colour blindness sees it. Apps for colour vision are listed below:
ColorDeBlind. ColorDeBlind, by Elektron Software, available on iOS only, serves two purposes. It uses live video to help people with colour blindness see the real world in ways they haven’t before. We have found it is especially helpful for people with red/green deficiencies. Second, it allows people who do are not colour blind to experience colour blindness.
ColorBlind Helper. This app, by Andres Felipe Vergara Gonzalez, allows users to select an image and get the name of any color in the image. The app has 1,500 color names, which is a benefit to some and unhelpful to others who are only familiar with basic colors, such as red, green, blue, etc. Some people like that this app provides them with hexadecimal values for colours.
Color Blind Pal. This app, by Vincent Fiorentini, is a must try for anyone who is colour blind. If you have moderate deuteranopia, you may find this app useful. This app allows you to “shift” colors. The app allows people to get the names for colors they are looking at, including simple, common names, scientific names, and colloquial names. You can also pull the RGB values for colors as well.
Chromatic Vision Simulator. This app allows you to be colour deficient in real time. Simple, educational, free.
HueVue. This free app by AppFoundry allows people with colour blindness to identify, match and coordinate colours. Users can build their own “colour library”. The app is free. Android users do not like the ads but it is a popular choice for apple users.
LedScope for Color Blind. Many colour blind users say that this is the best app they have ever used. It comes with a free trial and is very affordable. This app is very useful for detecting the colour of small LED lights. It also uses simple colour names such as “red, or “blue”. It is not available for Apple devices.
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Macular Degeneration Apps
If you are at risk for age related macular degeneration (AMD), are diagnosed with it and are monitoring, or need an AMD app, this section is for you:
Amsler Grid. Not only is this app free, it contains no advertisements and no weird permissions to run. This is the same test that Optometrists use in practice. It runs while offline as well. Ossibus Software did an amazing job with this app. The app displays the Amsler Grid, a simple test to test for AMD symptoms or worsening of conditions. If you monitor AMD, this app is for you. This app is only available for Android, but there is an Amsler Grid for iOS users below (see eyeTestsFree).
eyeTestsFree. If you use iOS and need an Amsler Grid test, this is your app. George Kong Softwares made this app to test for many things such as visual acuity, near reading vision, macular function, peripheral vision, and more. The app has eye charts, the Amsler Grid and side vision tests. It is not a replacement for your eye care professional but is a neat app, especially if you are monitoring AMD.
Visual Impairment Apps
iRead. This app basically turns your smartphone into a magnifying glass. It can use the light on your phone as well for low light situations, such as dimly lit restaurants. If you forget your reading glasses, this app will rescue you. This app is only available for Android. iOS users, please see “Magnifying Glass with Light” below.
Magnifying Glass With Light. This app is currently $1.99 and is a magnifying glass with light. Much like “iRead” above, it is great if you are trying to read a menu or something and you have forgotten your reading glasses.
PocketBraille Reference. Michael Doise has made this excellent, easy to use app for people who would like to learn Braille, or need to reference Braille. In addition to numbers, alphabet, and punctuation, it also has contractions.
Contact Lens Tracking Apps
Contact Lens Tracker. This simple app keeps track of how many times you have worn your contact lenses.
A different developer, but very similar app is available for Android devices below.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 18 Dec 2016, Last modified: 10 Feb 2020