Study: Tetris “fixes” lazy eye


Classic videogame could help people train their eyes to work together.

It wasn't so long ago that we were told that standing too close to the TV and playing videogames would be bad for our eyes, but now researchers at McGill University say Tetris could be a way to fix lazy eye.

Admittedly a small study of just 18 adult participants, researchers say that the beloved puzzle game helps to train both eyes to work together, better than traditional methods of putting patch over the good eye to make the other work harder.

The researchers hope to run a study on children soon to see if the same effect is present, if so, this would be a significant breakthrough as catching the condition early is vital to treating it.

"When we get the two eyes working together, we find the vision improves,” commented Dr Robert Hess.

"It's much better than patching, much more enjoyable, it's faster and it seems to work better."

(via BBC News)



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