Smartphone apps were supposed to fulfill just your mobile networking needs, but it turns out they can do even more than that. American neuroscientist Aaron Seitz has developed an iPhone game titled UltimEyes, which, if used for 25 minutes, improves the user's eyesight significantly.
Shocking, right? How can staring at a Smartphone screen be beneficial for your eyes? If you're thinking that Seitz's app must have something to do with strengthening the eye muscles, that's not it. In fact, it doesn't really do anything to the eyes to enhance the user's ability to see farther. What it does is that it stimulates visual cortex – the part of a human brain that deals with vision.
Explaining the concept – whose scientific name is neuroplasticity – Seitz said: "Within the last decade or so we've started to learn that brain fitness is a bit akin to physical fitness. If we exercise our brain in the proper ways, pretty much everything that the brain does should be able to be improved."
To prove the story, Seitz tested UltimEyes on a group of 19 baseball players from the University of California, all of whom were made to play the game's 25-minute sessions for a total of 30 times each. At the end of the practice, all 19 of the test subjects reported improvements in their ability to see at a long distance by an average of 31 per cent.
That's not it. The vision of seven of the players had improved to such an extent they could see things from a distance of 20 feet what a normal person would no farther away from 7.5 feet.
"We were using standard, on-the-wall eye charts," Seitz added. "Normally, you stand 20 feet away, but our charts only measured down to 20/10 [vision]. So we moved some of these players 40 feet away from the eye chart and they were still reading the low lines. I was shocked."
To learn more about Seitz's research, come this way.
To try out his $5.99-priced app, type UltimEyes on App Store.