A very interesting use for a video game is discussed below.
Tetris Video Game May Help Treat Adult Amblyopia.
In continuing coverage, CBS News (4/23, Castillo) reports that the video game Tetris “may be able to help treat adult amblyopia, a condition known as lazy eye,” according to an 18-patient study published April 22 in the journal Current Biology. Playing the game appears to help both eyes work together. “According to the National Institutes of Health, two to three out of every 100 children have the condition.” Even “though it will not go away on its own, a lazy eye can be treated with prescription lenses, prisms, and eye patches, the American Optometric Association said.” The piece linked to an AOA webpage devoted to amblyopia and its treatments.
The Huffington Post (4/23) reports, “Amblyopia occurs when the central vision in one eye isn’t developed properly, and can lead to having crossed eyes or near- or far-sightedness, according to the American Optometric Association. Researchers noted that current remedies for treating lazy eye involve covering one eye in order to make the other eye work harder, but this method doesn’t always work.”