A new treatment for the condition known as amblyopia — commonly known as “lazy eye” — could mean a pretty exciting prescription for kids: Play more video games!
In a new study performed on adults by Canadian researchers from McGill University (but will soon be tested on children), doctors found that playing the video game Tetris appears to be a more effective treatment for lazy eye.
The current treatment for lazy eye, which occurs when the central vision isn’t developed properly, consists of wearing a patch over the dominant (or stronger) eye to make the less dominant (or weaker) eye make up for the deficit.
Study participants used special video goggles that helped their eyes work together while playing Tetris. They were asked to play the game one hour per day for two weeks. At the end of the period, their eyes showed promising improvement. Note to kids: Since this hasn’t been tested on children yet, this does not mean you have an excuse to choose Tetris over homework!
Source: Current Biology