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Study: Video Games May Fix Lazy Eyes in Older Kids

Announced at the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2011 Annual Meeting, a new study which was conducted in India may hold the key to correcting amblyopia, commonly called “lazy eye”, in older kids. By adhearing to the prescribed course of treatment, which included playing electronic games coinciding with standard amblyopia treatments, significant results in treating the condition can be achieved.

At the conclusion of the study, Dr. Somen Ghosh was able to report on the various procedures, which allowed roughly a third of the 10 to 18 year olds participating in the study to achieve vast gains towards correcting their vision. Over the course of a year, about 30 of the 100 participants had made great improvements towards their vision while 60 percent claimed some improvment. More gain was reported in participation groups 3 and 4 of the four treatment regimens. Group 3 participated in video game practice daily, while Group 4 was prescribed the supplement citicoline, which is associated with improved brain function. Ultimately, most of the improvements were noted to be more likely in kids under the age of 14 as opposed to those who were 14 years old and beyond.

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