ViaOpta sIM

A better understanding for better treatment

Until now, physicians have been unable to see
what an ophthalmic patient sees, day-to-day.

About the app

A multi tool application that can help blind or visually impaired people in their everyday life.

easy setup

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

on - the - go

Use the app on-the-go for daily usage.

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.


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 1.2
  • Android version 1.2


  • 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, Turkish6


Health & Fitness


  • 36.7 MB for iOS devices
  • 16 MB for Android devices


See what’s included in the App


viaopta Simulator

An everyday app for the visually impaired

ViaOpta Simulator Video


ViaOpta apps have won prestigious awards for the ways they are helping the visually impaired lead more independent lives. Awards include:

in association with