An app to simulate how it is to live with visual impairment

About the app

The ViaOpta Simulator app provides a first person look at what it is like to live with visual impairment.

Easy setup

Download the app on any iPhone and Android phones from your app store.

Tablets and smartphones

The app works on tablets and smartphones

Language Packs

The app comes in multiple languages

Dedicated support

Novartis is dedicated towards improving and updating the app to add value in the daily life of patients


Learn more about this feature packed App

User Settings

Personalised settings for users.


Configurable language settings


Use the device camera to simulate disease conditions

Mobile and Tablets

Available in both mobiles and tablets
An app to simulate how it is to live with visual impairment -ViaOpta Simulator


Share Disease Simulation information through the app


Read details on disease information with reference


View OCT images

For Health Care Professionals

This app is intended for health care professionals and retina specialists


Details of the app

Designed specifically for patients, health care professionals and caretakers, the ViaOpta Simulator is designed to give a first person look at what it is like to live with visual impairment.

The app is free and simulates symptoms of vision loss from conditions including:

  • Wet age-related macular degeneration
  • Dry age-related macular degeneration
  • Myopic choroidal neovascularization
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic macular edema
  • Central retinal vein occlusion
  • Branch retinal vein occlusion
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Vitreomacular traction/macular hole

HCPs can help their patients understand these conditions using live video from the iPad camera and can increase and decrease disease severity using a slider control. Please contact your local Novartis or Alcon representative if you need access to the app.

Offered By

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation


- iOS Version 2.0
- Android Version 1.3


- Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
- Requires Android 4.0 and up


English, French, Spanish, Turkish


Health & Fitness


- 36.7 MB for iOS devices
- 16 MB for Android devices


See what’s included in the App

Home screen for ViaOpta Simulator


Disclaimer screen for ViaOpta Simulator


Disease Simulation screen for ViaOpta Simulator


Terms and conditions screen for ViaOpta Simulator

Terms and Conditions

Disease selection screen for ViaOpta Simulator

Disease Areas

Camera usage screen for ViaOpta Simulator

Normal Camera

Simulation details screen for ViaOpta Simulator


selection screen for ViaOpta Simulator


disease tile view screen for ViaOpta Simulator

Tile view

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