New app can give you 'superhero' vision

Feb 26 2014, 14:05 IST
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SummarySuffering from bad eyesight? This app could give you 'superhero' vision!

Suffering from bad eyesight? This app could give you 'superhero' vision!

Scientists have developed a revolutionary new app that can improve users' eyesight by sharpening their vision and boosting ability to see in dim light.

The new UltimEye app improves the users' vision by training their brain to process patterns better.

UltimEyes asks users to complete tasks such as clicking on hard-to-see targets and can help them perform everyday work, 'Mashable' reported.

The app is designed to help rewire the brain to process the information it receives from the eyes while keeping the user engaged with positive reinforcement such as a point system.

California-based Carrot Neurotechnology, a company that creates tools that can improve vision, developed the app.

Aaron Seitz, from the University of California, Riverside, tested the app's effectiveness on 19 baseball players.

Each athlete used UltimEyes 30 times for 25-minute intervals, resulting in an average 31 per cent increase in eyesight.

Out of the 19 total players seven reached 20/7.5 vision, meaning they could see at 20 feet what someone with normal vision could from 7.5 feet.

Strikeouts from the 11 players who competed in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons decreased by 4.4 per cent compared to other players whose rate went down less than one per cent, the report said.

The athletes were able to see the ball better, improved peripheral vision and their eyes did not tire easily.

Regular users with impaired vision who use the app could have an easier time with activities such as reading, driving or watching TV.

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