Usually amblyopia, more commonly known as a lazy eye, is treated by something like "patching"--where doctors put a patch over the stronger, dominant eye and the weaker, wandering eye has to adjust on its own. It works through plasticity: the ability of certain parts of the brain to take over the work of other parts. A team led by McGill University researcher Robert Hess wanted to explore different ways for treating the estimated 3 percent of people with the condition worldwide.
Instead of separating the work of the two eyes, the team devised a way of forcing them to work together. The researchers had people with amblyopia play Tetris with head-mounted goggles on. The goggles separated what the two eyes saw, so one saw only the falling blocks and the other only the blocks on the ground. After testing 18 adults over two weeks--nine with the two-eye goggle system and nine with patching--the group with the goggle system improved their weaker eyes considerably compared to the patched group, and even improved their depth perception.
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its also a very good exercise for brain, since we are also checking the block which is coming in succession, planning to place it in apt place and changing its orientation to suite for the previous blocks, within a very short time.
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This is a great discovery but it is not helpful.
People with lazy eye or amblyopia has two vision that are not fused. Meaning, they see double vision.
This maybe caused by eyes turning inward or outward.
The brain notices this and shuts down one eye.
Treating lazy eye with tetris improves the vision but doesn't necessary fuse the two vision together.
They will still get double vision and even more so because now both eyes will be able to see clearer.
Sooner or later, the brain is going to shut down the eye again.
The first step we have to do in order to effectively treat amblyopia is to fuse the vision together. Then vision improvement can come later
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