The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.


As symbols, the Checkered Eye and the white cane both indicate visual impairment.

Most people who use a white cane have severe blindness, and use the cane as a tool for independent travel.

Some people use a white cane as a symbol, strictly to indicate to others that they have some degree of blindness. If a person has useful remaining eyesight, and doesn't need the cane as a tool, they may still choose to carry one to communicate their visual difficulties and increase their visibility in traffic.

People with impaired vision who do not need the white cane as a travel or safety device, may choose to use a Checkered Eye to indicate that their vision is impaired.

The awareness of a person's hidden needs can alleviate confusion, frustration, and embarrassment, for both visually impaired people, and the people with whom they interact.

Please be aware of the existence of this emblem, and have a glance to see if anyone you encounter may be wearing one.

Recent Tweets

  • January 15 4:55 pm
    Duke Eye Centre in Durham, North Carolina just called to ask for more checkered eyes and pamphlets. Yesss!
  • January 9 6:17 pm
    Got an e-mail from a lady in BC who says she will be speaking about the checkered eye at a White Cane Week event. Yes! Thank you Linda!
  • December 15 11:10 pm
    Just spoke to a lady who said she almost cried when she couldn't read the labels in the produce section. She found it hard to ask for help.


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