Smartphone App Claims to Improve Users' Vision

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Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have developed a smartphone app video game that they claim can help users improve their eyesight. The app, called UltimEyes, tests the users neuroplasticity with visual exercises that are designed to figure out how certain stimulus will make their brain react.


Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have developed a smartphone app video game that they claim can help users improve their eyesight.

The app, called UltimEyes, tests the users neuroplasticity with visual exercises that are designed to figure out how certain stimulus will make their brain react.

Aaron Seitz, the neuroscientist from the University of California at Riverside who developed the app is quoted as saying: “They are the kinds of stimuli that will excite cells in the visual cortex, so with repeated practice, you’re able to identify these when they are harder and harder to see, and, in that sense, you’re able to exercise those visual cells.”

To play the game, users have to tap targets that appear on the screen to gain points, but the targets are also alongside distracters that make players lose points if they are tapped instead.

Seitz tested UltimEyes on a team of 19 baseball players who could see an average of 31 percent further after using the app.

Results of the study show that after using UltimEyes for 25 to 30 minutes at a time, some of the subject’s vision improved beyond 20/20.

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