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Tetris can fix lazy eye

Tetris can fix lazy eye

Although it was Tetris used in this experiment, any number of other video games could be used in the treatment.

Playing Tetris can treat lazy eye according to research carried out by Canadian doctors.

Treatment involving the iconic puzzler is apparently more effective at making both eyes work together than traditional patching treatment. The BBC reports that McGill University in Montreal made the discovery through a small study of 18 adults.

The test gave a pair of video goggles which split information from the game up into two parts and sent different information to each eye to each participant. One eye could only see the falling blocks whilst the second eye could only see the blocks that had been placed on the ground. This forced the eyes to work together more.

Traditional treatment instead forces the lazy eye to do all the work to try and make it catch up with the good eye, but this research suggests that the condition is better dealt with when both eyes are involved in the process.

In running the experiment, Dr Robert Hess also commented that this form of treatment is not limited to Tetris and could work with any number of other games where visual information can be split up in this way.

Further tests need to be carried out to confirm the effectiveness of the game and to establish whether it would be a good way to treat children suffering from the condition. Tests have already started in Glasgow earlier this month.

Lazy eye, officially known as amblyopia, occurs when one eye is under-developed and is normally characterised by a squint. Approximately one in 50 children has the condition and without treatment, it can lead to the loss of sight in the affected eye.

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Skill3d 24th April 2013, 13:34 Quote
But can it fix lazy people?
Shirty 24th April 2013, 13:43 Quote
damien c 24th April 2013, 13:47 Quote
Have to say this is good news for those who suffer with a lazy eye.
Griffter 24th April 2013, 15:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
http://i.imgur.com/eyIrR7L.gif

lol
SchizoFrog 24th April 2013, 15:24 Quote
I wonder how many 'lazy eyes' were caused from playing games such as Tetris?
proxess 24th April 2013, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skill3d
But can it fix lazy people?

Didn't work for me, but I may be so lazy that I'm the only exception. Hint: I was born on a Sunday.
DrTiCool 24th April 2013, 18:46 Quote
weird, those comments tempted me to call for pizza
Glix 25th April 2013, 02:21 Quote
I'm finding as I get older, I'm squinting more often after staring at TN LCD's for long periods of time.
kenco_uk 25th April 2013, 02:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
Didn't work for me, but I may be so lazy that I'm the only exception. Hint: I was born on a Sunday.

Sunday's child plays Tetris endlessly? ;)
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