I was pretty addicted to Tetris when it first came out, so my interest was definitely piqued when I saw mention of this study. Researchers found that adults who suffered from amblyopia–lazy eye–could train their eyes to work together by playing Tetris. Now, the researchers want to test this unconventional therapy in kids.
Around 1 in 50 kids has amblyopia, and the common treatment is to cover the strong eye with a patch to strengthen the weaker eye. If you have kids, you know that getting a child to wear an eye patch might not be the easiest or most pleasant thing to do. And for adults, the patching technique is not very effective. The Tetris technique doesn’t focus on one eye or the other, but rather trains the eyes to work together and helps the whole visual system learn how to see properly anew.
You can read more about the study here.