App aimed to improve eyesight
- 26 Feb
An app has been created by a neuroscientist at the University of California which can improve a users' eyesight to help them perform everyday tasks.
The app, named UltimEyes, gets users to complete tasks like clicking on hard-to-see targets and is designed to help rewire the brain to the process the information it receives from the eyes. This technique is called neuroplasticity and the app comes with a point system which is aimed to keep the user engaged via positive reinforcement.
The app has been developed with Carrot Neurotechnology, who are a company that works to produce tools which can improve vision, reports Mashable.
"What I've been able to do is take my research that started looking at very simple, basic science problems and turn it into a game that anybody that anybody can play that has real-world impacts," Aaron Seitz, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside.
Mr Seitz has tested the app on 19 UCR baseball players and each athlete used UltimEyes 30 times for 25 minute intervals. The results saw an average 31% increase in eyesight, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology. Out of the 19 total players, sever reached 20/7.5 vision, which means they could see at 20feet what someone with normal vision could see from 7.5 feet.
"We're encouraged and excited by the broad range of lifestyle benefits that many individuals who rely on vision, including athletes, but also those with normal vision and low vision going about their routine tasks," Adam Goldberg, CEO of Carrot Technology.
The app is currently only available to download in America, with no news of when it may be launched in the UK, however if it proves to be a further success it may be available here too.
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