ULTIMEYES – An App that Fixes the Aging Eyesight Could Provide a Superhuman Eyesight Too
Neuroplasticity explains that our brain takes in the external stimuli and information it gains from the behavior, and then it changes the neural synapses and pathways. On the other hand, in simpler laymen terms, the brain actually restructures its connections according to the changes in our environment and behavior. A neuroscientist now used this concept to create an app that could actually help regaining the eyesight with some visual exercises that involve stimulation the visual cortex of the brain.
ULTIMEYES, an app developed at the University of California, Riverside by neuroscientist, Aron Seitz claims to improve the aged vision, just by engaging the users with a visual exercise for about 25 minutes for 30 intervals. According to Seitz’s study published in the journal Current Biology, he worked with 19 baseball players and their vision has improved beyond the 20/20 scale with an average 31% improvement. A few other players pushed their scales further with a 20/7.5 vision, where they could see things clearly from a distance of 20 feet, which can only be seen from the distance of 7.5 feet.
Here are a few screenshots and a demo video of the app in action:
ULTIMEYES on the contrary to its name, it does not involve any exercise to your eyes. Rather, it helps re-wiring the brain by stimulating the visual cortex of the brain. In general, the eyes actually breakdown the information it see in to Gabor Stimuli and it then perceives the image. What ULTIMEYES does is that, it workouts the visual cortex by directly showing the eyes, the Gabor Stimuli. It is more like playing a game where the users have to spot the blobs amidst the grey background. The difficulty increases with every session and it is believed to improve the vision throughout the sessions.
It is still unclear what actually happens in the visual cortex and how ULTIMEYES workouts the cortex better with the Gabor stimuli for a few people than the others.
The app is available for Mac OS, Microsoft Windows and iPad for now with a license cost of 5.99$, and is expected to arrive at the play store soon.
This post was first published on February 26, 2014.