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Action Video Games Could Sharpen Eyesight

Action Video Games Could Sharpen Eyesight

People who have a hard time seeing traffic lights or cars at night, who miss facial gestures, or who need a great deal of light to read typically suffer from poor contrast sensitivity. This condition is thought to be correctable by wearing glasses or contact lenses or by surgery. Now, researchers say they may have found a way to improve contrast sensitivity naturally with the help of an unlikely source—video games.

According to a study published in Nature Neuroscience, playing action video games could help improve a person’s contrast sensitivity. In the study, people who used a video-game training program saw a significant improvement in their ability to notice subtle differences in shades of gray.

In the study, researchers found action video games train the brain to process the existing visual information more efficiently. What’s even better news is that the improvements last for months after the game play has stopped. As a result, it’s possible action video game training could be a useful complement to eye-correction techniques used today.

In the study, 22 students were divided into two groups. One group played action games such as Call of Duty 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004. A second group played The Sims 2, which does not require as much hand-eye coordination. Both groups played 50 hours of their assigned games over the course of nine weeks. At the end of the test, the students who played the action games showed an average of 43% improvement in their ability to discern shades of gray, whereas the players who played The Sims 2 showed no improvement. The study also claimed people who were very practiced action gamers became 58% better at perceiving fine differences in contrast.

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Well I can't imagine what my eyesight would be like without video games then, cuz I have a difficult time seeing things at night while driving. It feels like I have to strain a bit. And I play a LOT of video games, mostly action(Gears of War, Fear, GTA4, Army of Two, Half Life 2, etc.)

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You do have to have a quick eye in FPSers. TF2 for instance you have to notice little things. Like a spy cloaked as a teammate always has the main gun out, if the sniper is looking your way, or if a critical rocket is moving your way.You have to react quick to anything onscreen.

I do notice stuff out of the corner of my eye. Like a bottle falling and can catch it. IDK if thats because of gaming though.

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This is awesome! ...but then why does your stereotypical nerd (i.e. guys/gals that like computer and electronics -- implying gaming) usually wear glasses?

My mom has TERRIBLE night vision and stuff -- I should get her into CoD

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Teh best news eva!

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