Tetris could help cure “Lazy eye” 
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Geoffrey Tim
April 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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A team of Canadian researchers has found that the seminal block-dropping puzzle game Tetris could help cure the terrible affliction that makes Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke so disquieting to look at. And, as a bonus, it could also help the thousands of children and adults afflicted with “Lazy eye,” or amblyopia as doctors like to call it.

Roughly one in fifty children suffers from amplyopia, where one eye doesn’t develop as well as the other, leading to poor vision, and sometimes, even permanent loss of vision in the weak eye. The standard method of treatment is to patch the good eye, forcing the weaker one to work harder – but Canadian researchers have discovered that Tetris may be a better treatment.

In a small, 18 person study on adults, they found that Tetris forces both eyes to work together as they focus on the falling blocks, making

"When we get the two eyes working together, we find the vision improves," says Dr. Robert Hess. "It’s much better than patching, much more enjoyable, it’s faster and it seems to work better."

The tests were conducted utilising a special pair of goggles that made control subjects play Tetris for about an hour a day, first with the stronger eye covered, then another group with both eyes uncovered. those who used both eyes were found to have significantly improved vision.

Though preliminary, more tests are underway, and tests so far indicate that any video game could provide benefit, not jut Tetris. Now go tell your mom you were right to spend so much time playing videogames.

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  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    I am going to disagree here. I have a slightly lazy eye (no, you cannot see it and it doesn’t droop, it’s not that severe so stop staring at me)

    Mostly games cause me to get migraines and an odd motion sickness because of it. So I don’t know hey.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Says the Lazy-eye on Lazygamer
      :P

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Hehehehe. Nice. But seriously, it took me months to finish Metro because I could only play little bits at a time

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          You said it was a FOV thing, now the lazy-eye?

          STOP LYING TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            FOV simply stopped the awkward motion sickness. Didn’t get rid of the headaches that it would give me though

    • Rincethis: Spellalicious

      I have this image in my head now…

      • Rincethis: Spellalicious

        But you are in luck, there is a new update coming… And you won’t have a choice but to use it… trolololo

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Ok troll. You win this round. I shall get you though. Don’t you worry. Be afraid. Be very afraid

          • Rincethis: Spellalicious

            It wasn’t my fault! I blame erwin, he also pooed on my com!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            I heard yeah.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        must…contain……laugh…….

        • Trevor Davies

          It’s like the Mona Lisa, the eyes follow you

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            eye(s) you mean?

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Yeah no. Lol. Luckily mine isn’t noticeable.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Hy kan deur ‘n opgerolde hosepipe vir jou koekeloer

    • Rincethis: Spellalicious

      OVG gets headaches if he plays Borderlands 2 without background lights on. There are two possible reasons for this. One, he is girl and is scared of the midgets and needs some form of blanket to keep him happy. Two, he is colourblind to shit (he really is) and the game messes with his head.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Lol. Poor OVG

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    No Star Wars? No wonder he has it

  • Deon Steyn

    I got a theory of my own. Bacon and booze can help cure depression.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      That’s not theory. That’s fact

      • Deon Steyn

        Not until we can get it posted in a medical journal, but it always works for me.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Pffff. Politicians constantly state things as fact even when medical journals say otherwise (Games cause violence). So why can’t we claim this as fact on the internet and then start a business revolving around it?

          • Deon Steyn

            Politicians indeed,the day cigarette companies can find a way to sell weed to the public weed will also become legal.

          • Rincethis: Spellalicious

            It isn’t 0_O?

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            It’s legal in Washington or something now isn’t it?

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