Video Game Therapy for Amblyopia

Amblyopia is a brain disorder in which the vision in one eye does not develop properly and is the most frequent cause of permanent visual impairment in childhood. It is treated in children by putting a patch over the ‘good eye’ and thus forcing the lazy eye to develop. However, this therapy is not useful for adults.

Findings of this study at University of California, Berkeley suggest that playing video games led to a marked improvement in a wide range of age groups. The changes were apparent in half as much time as occlusion therapy (eye patch).

This form of therapy, apart from helping adults, would be a happy alternative for children also as wearing eye patches can be socially awkward for many.


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