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Monday, April 27, 2009

Keep playing those video games!

According to a new study done by scientists Gideon P Caplovitz and Sabine Kastner, which was recently published at www.nature.com, :"Playing action-based video games has been shown to improve attentional processing. A study now finds that it also induces long-lasting improvements in contrast sensitivity, a basic visual function that commonly deteriorates with age. These improvements do not happen for an equivalent group who played a non-action video game."

(source:http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v12/n5/full/nn0509-527.html)

Michelle Stephenson
who has written an article entitled, "Contrast Sensitivity Testing in Eye Exams" at this website: http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-exam/contrast-sensitivity.htm,
states: "
Contrast sensitivity is crispness of vision, enabling us to see objects that do not stand out from their backgrounds. Contrast sensitivity is often referred to as "functional vision" beyond how well you see details on a standard eye chart."

"If you have low contrast sensitivity, you may have problems with night driving, including inability to see traffic lights or spot other cars and pedestrians. People with poor contrast sensitivity also may require extra light to read, and their eyes may become tired when they read or watch television. Poor contrast sensitivity also can cause you to stumble when you fail to see that you need to step down from a curb onto similarly colored pavement.

Low contrast sensitivity also can be a symptom of certain eye conditions or diseases such as cataracts,glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy."

To read the entire article written by Michelle Stephenson go to: http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-exam/contrast-sensitivity.htm

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