The Free App That Connects Blind & Low Vision People with Sighted Volunteers

For someone who is blind or has impaired vision, Be My Eyes is a resource that makes everyday tasks easier. Sighted people sign up to be volunteers; when a blind or visually impaired person asks for assistance, the app video calls one of over a million volunteers to help. When someone starts a call, the first available volunteer will connect with them. If you’re blind or visually impaired, you can contact volunteers as often as you want; there are plenty of people who have showed up to say, “I’m here; what can I do?” And you can connect with them in a matter of minutes. Learn more on what the app does and why we love it below.

Be My Eyes (Free)

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What It Does

There are everyday things sighted people don’t think about that the blind and visually impaired are constantly navigating. Be My Eyes offers one solution: utilizing sighted volunteers via video calls. You let the app know what languages you speak and where you’re located. When someone has requested a volunteer, you’ll receive a notification on your phone letting you know. If you’re not able to help at the moment, no need to worry—the app will find that person a volunteer. You may even end up helping the same person multiple times as a volunteer.

I can only speak of my experience with the app as a sighted person, so let me share a review by *rachie87* from Be My Eye’s App Store page:

“I am legally blind and when I heard about this app, I couldn't believe it. The help you receive from any number of their over 800,000 cited volunteers is indispensable and incredible. The overwhelming support this app gives a blind/visually impaired user is extremely helpful and valuable. They’ve teamed up with move it, a transportation app for those with little or no sight at all. It is incredible to see how much things have changed since I first started using them earlier this year/last year. With the Moovit app, you can get help from any number of cited volunteers to help you with either bus/train/subway lines. They can help you on and off, and tell you where you’re at the entire time you’re using these apps. I can’t believe how much this has helped me. The help these apps give you as a blind/visually impaired person is indispensable and invaluable. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Be My Eyes. Please try these out, either if you can or can’t see that well. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, as a sighted person, that’s OK. All you really need is a few minutes to help change/impact someone’s life for the better.”

Why We Love It

This app is a perfect example of technology improving people’s lives. It’s also a great example of how our iPhones can be used to connect with each other in ways beyond socialization. There are over a million volunteers signed up in the app. Currently, there are only just over 80,000 blind or visually impaired people. That tells me there are a heck of a lot more people this app can help. Whether you could use the app for assistance or you’re here to be a volunteer, get the Be My Eyes app and join today.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.