Video games may help improve eyesight

on Saturday, 18 February 2012. Posted in Women's Health, Men's Health, Beauty and Skincare, News, Medtzars on Health Written By: superadmin

Video games may help improve eyesight

Adults born with congenital cataract may actually have a chance to improve their failing eyesight and reverse the damage; if only they indulge in some video games.

According to recent research, playing video games may turn out to be a much better option to get rid of those glasses or lenses; without having to resort to eye sight correction surgery.

Dr. Daphne Maurer, a psychologist at the McMaster University, Vancouver, Canada has found evidence in her study related to positive effects of playing video games on the eyesight.

Dr. Maurer’s experiment was initially carried out on six adults, aged between 19-31 years. All six of them were born with congenital cataract. As part of the study all of them were tasked to play first person shooting games. These games involved them to use their strategic skills, attentiveness and vigilance for a period of 10 hours every week, for almost a month.

At the end of the experiment period; the participants were tested and it was noted that all of them showed significant improvement in their ability to differentiate between subtle contrasts; following and focusing on tiny moving objects and even in reading fine print.

According to Dr. Maurer, the results indicate towards the human brain’s ability to still work even with pre-existing deficiencies of the sensory organs; if conditioned to do so.

In a previous study by Dr. Somen Ghosh, of Micro Surgical Eye Clinic in Calcutta, India; it has been proven that playing a particular kind of video games also helps correct eye disorders such as ambylopia or lazy eyes. Another study conducted in US by Dr. Daphne Bavelier at the University of Rochester, New York a video game program also helps people improve their ability to drive at night.

Speaking on the study’s discoveries; Dr. Bavelier said:

“pushing the human visual system to the limits and allowing the brain to adapt to it.”

The study findings were presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), by Dr. Maurer.

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