While millions of Americans are addicted to sports video games, there is still a constant a wave of negative publicity for gamers. You've heard and read that video games are responsible for violence, obesity and stress, among other ailments.
But video games might have at least one very positive effect.
Researchers in India have discovered that "lazy eye" (or amblyopia) can be treated by playing video games. So if you love Madden NFL 12, NCAA Football 12, NBA 2K12 or MLB 11 The Show, rest easy knowing that some good can come from your gaming habit.
The study conducted by an eye clinic in India found a new treatment that may fix "lazy eye" in older children involves a regimen of video games along with normal amblyopia treatment.
Dr. Somen Ghosh reports that close to a third of his study participants between 10 and 18 years old showed meaningful vision gains. The report was due to be released today at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Orlando, Florida.
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Researchers found that close to 30 percent of the 100 participants had reached significant vision gains. About 60 percent had at least some improvement.
The thought had been that if "lazy eye" isn't diagnosed properly before a child reaches school age, it is impossible to fix.
Study participants who played video games daily, using just their weaker eye, saw their vision improved.
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