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How to Improve Your Eyesight with Video Games

Remember when your mom would yell at you for staring at the television playing video games for so long? It turns out playing video games may actually improve your eyesight.


  • Step 1: Train by playing your video games a few hours a day. By playing video games, your eyes can learn to see better than they ever have before.
  • FACT: In 2009, Activision's _Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2_ sold 4.7 million copies within the first 24 hours of sale.
  • Step 2: Sharpen your spatial resolution, which may help you see letters on an eye chart more clearly. Playing video games for a few hours substantially improves your ability to recognize letters in a clutter, making your eyes even stronger.
  • Step 3: Use the game to enhance your contrast sensitivity. Contrast sensitivity is the ability to tell the difference between shades of gray. Ophthalmologists use it to measure eyesight.
  • Step 4: Select a first-person shooter game. First-person shooters have visually guided gaming action that require the player to be precise at aiming and firing.
  • TIP: Try video games like _Call of Duty 2_ or _Unreal Tournament_, which have been used in actual research studies.
  • Step 5: Pick a game with plenty of action. Action games require more coordination to be able to play.

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