Wednesday, February 7th 2007

Games May Improve Vision

According to research by the University of Rochester, video games with a lot of action may actually help to improve performance. During the project, researchers found that those who played video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved their ability to identify letters in a cluster by 20%, a test similar to ones used in standard ophthalmology clinics. Those playing Tetris saw no improvement in vision, but those playing Unreal Tournament could see which way the “T” in crowd of other letter and symbols was pointing much easier than before.Source: DailyTech
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31 Comments on Games May Improve Vision

#1
Namslas90
This is based on the old excercise you eye muscle thing. The Pinhole glasses do the same thing by causing the eye's muscles to work harder thus making them stronger, and faster reacting. It also stretches and strengthens the muscles that operate the Iris and increse focus response.
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#2
sinner33
Woot, just more reasons to tell someone why video games are good for you. :D
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#4
J0N
Surely it depends on the quality of your screen aswell?
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#5
Zero Cool
well probably.
if ur on CRT you will see blured, so yeah
LCD should be fine thou
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#6
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow. And here I though games hurt my vision.
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#7
Canuto
They've hurt mine :shadedshu
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#8
Benpi
by: sinner33
Woot, just more reasons to tell someone why video games are good for you. :D
WOOT!!!
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#9
Scavar
Man I could have told them that. Over the years ive been playing games, my eyesight has always gotten better. Still its cool to have something officalish on that.
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#10
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
this really isnt surprising. fast moving games train your brain to pick out objects quickly and catch unexpected movement.
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#11
C.Ash
So staring at a computer monitor makes ur vision Better??
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#12
zekrahminator
McLovin
Maybe I should stay up till 1AM playing Half Life, so that I can see the F I'd get on tomorrow's math exam so much better ;).
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#14
BXtreme
cool, i've been gaming on my pc for 5 years and still no spectacles/lenses :)
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#16
RickyG512
by: PVTCaboose1337
Ya, no glasses here, 20/20 vision!
how old are u
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#17
C.Ash
I think this isnt right..

Playing a game may increase ur vision, but staring into a monitor has the oposite effect.
This means that ur vision will be better in the short run but worse in the long run. This project proves this.
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#18
niko084
It has also been proven many times that video games enhance your reflexes and train your thought process...

Do you that *at least average* intelligent people that play games that are fast paced and require fast and quick reaction have been found to get in less car accidents.

There are tons of positives to gaming as long as the person has the ability to sharpen their focus, and doesn't like go insane from a violent game at least.
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niko084
by: C.Ash
I think this isnt right..

Playing a game may increase ur vision, but staring into a monitor has the oposite effect.
This means that ur vision will be better in the short run but worse in the long run. This project proves this.
Well staring at a monitor too close or in a dark room can have the opposite effect. Or trying to read text on a dirty looking screen is bad too. I have been an extremely avid computer gamer for ohh about 10 years now, still have 20/15 vision. And by avid I mean sometimes in the means of 50-60 hours a week at some points. Basically all free time, being I don't sleep much at all.
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#20
Zero Cool
well what really happens is that staring into a small screen without moving your eyes may sharpen ur brain but not eyes, what it infact does is that it lowers your angle of sight!
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#21
RickDStik
I can certainly see how gaming would improve picking out objects but Im not sure that it would increase overall vision ... when you're gunning for someone in a gaming environment, you pay attention to details a lot more than in average everyday use.
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#22
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
this is nothing new. you can even make a small hole in a bit of paper and use that to help increase eye focus. as already said, it just makes the eye work harder. imo glasses are not a good option as they compensate for your eyes weakness, actually making your eyes weaker over time as the muscle becomes more lazy.
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#23
niko084
by: Ketxxx
this is nothing new. you can even make a small hole in a bit of paper and use that to help increase eye focus. as already said, it just makes the eye work harder. imo glasses are not a good option as they compensate for your eyes weakness, actually making your eyes weaker over time as the muscle becomes more lazy.
That has been said by doctors also... So you are dead on.
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#24
niko084
by: Zero Cool
well what really happens is that staring into a small screen without moving your eyes may sharpen ur brain but not eyes, what it infact does is that it lowers your angle of sight!
That would make sense... But then I do things like Autox race, and train in various martial arts forms and with partners, so it pretty much makes up for the other side...

*Considering I don't get kicked in the face some day and lose all sight*:laugh:
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#25
theonetruewill
I can understand that the reaction speed of interpreting things and focussing on them might be quicker, but I don't think you can say that your vision has improved. Mine's getting worse and worse the more I use my laptop, My dad's gone from -4 to -9 only since he used computers, and my brothers now needing glasses after about 6months of using a laptop after having perfect vision.
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