Repairing Vision with the Help of Technology

February 15, 2014
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Today, 64 percent of Americans rely on glasses to improve vision in some way, according to Statistic Brain. About 100 million people in the U.S. suffer age-related vision loss. Fortunately, new technology is trying to help improve that number.

Today, 64 percent of Americans rely on glasses to improve vision in some way, according to Statistic Brain. About 100 million people in the U.S. suffer age-related vision loss. Fortunately, new technology is trying to help improve that number.

One way is with the help Glassesoff mobile appof a mobile app called Glassesoff. This app claims to be able to improve vision by reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses.

The app works by presenting special designs called Gabor patterns or fuzzy, vertical bars on your mobile device screen. In sessions that last 12 to 15 minutes, the app trains the eye to look for these patterns as they flash on the screen. By using a technique called perceptual learning, the app helps to train your brain to recognize and get used to seeing smaller letters or objects.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley conducted a study in which all subjects who completed the Glassesoff program were able to read standard newspaper font size without the use of reading glasses, while improving their “eye age” by an average of 8.6 years.