To the dismay to parents everywhere, recent studies have come out showing that video games can actually improve some aspects of vision.

For one, playing fast-moving action games is shown to increase hand-eye coordination. Kids learn to respond quickly to a visual stimulus, thus speeding up their  response time.

Another use for video games is for children with amblyopia, a condition where one or both eyes never develop 20/2o.  Forcing a child to use their weak eye can help exercise and improve vision. Using video games has actually shown even better results by teaching the brain to pay more attention and respond faster.

Of course everything is better in moderation, so too many video games can casue eye strain.  Frequent breaks are needed especially for small hand-held games like the Nintendo DS or PSP. Just as with computers, it’s always best to use the 20-20-20 rule– for every 20 minutes of work, take a 20 second break and look at least 20 feet away.  That will decrease the strain and discomfort on your eyes.

Remember parents, assuming the homework is done, there are worse things for the eyes than video games.  But rest assured, I won’t volunteer that information while examining your child!

This information is brought to you by Clarin Eye Care Center. Please call or contact our office for more information.

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