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Post by reason +123 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:10 am

Video games bring a see change
Adults who played first-person shooter games for 40 hours a month improved enough to read one or two lines further down a standard chart used in eye tests, the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] found.
Games that required players to respond to action directly ahead of them and in the periphery of their vision, and to track objects that were sometimes faint and moving in different directions, strengthened the visual system in adults whose eyesight had been severely impaired from birth.

The results challenge the view that computer games are bad for the eyes and suggest that the adult brain can be trained to overcome certain conditions.
''All of them showed substantial improvements in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.],'' Daphne Maurer, a psychologist at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] University in Hamilton, Ontario, said. ''They also came to see objects with lower contrast, and more subtle differences among faces and moving objects.''
She described her study at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver.
The work builds on previous research that suggests video games can help other eye disorders. In October, Somen Ghosh at the Micro Surgical Eye Clinic in Kolkata, India, reported that playing the video game Unreal Tournament improved the eyesight of 10- to 18-year-olds with amblyopia, or lazy eye.
Ms Maurer worked with six people between the age of 19 and 31 who were born with dense cataracts in each eye. The cataracts block out almost all detail of the visual world, except distinct changes in light or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
Most children born with the condition have an operation early in life to remove the cataracts and are fitted with contact lenses to correct their vision. But despite the treatment, they grow up with poorer eyesight than healthy individuals.

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