Are Video Games Bad for your health and Eyes? I always heard this growing up, so I decided to see if there was any truth to this statement. As it turns out – Video games may actually IMPROVE your vision. QUESTION EVERYTHING

Parents of young children might find it hard to believe, but playing video games could be good for your eyes.

Just ten hours of gaming for four weeks dramatically improved the vision of young men and women who as babies were almost blind.

After 40 hours of playing a violent video game, they were able to read two extra lines on an eye chart.

The simple but effective treatment was devised by Daphne Maurer, of McMaster University in Canada.

The men and women studied were born with cataracts in both eyes and as babies could see light but not detail.

Although their cataracts were removed, their vision did not return to normal.

When they were aged between 19 and 31, they took part in the study, which involved playing an action game in which they took on the role of a solider shooting the enemy or a gunman firing at aliens.

Some saw improvements in vision after just 10 hours.

After 40 hours, they able to see further down the eye chart, be better at distinguishing the direction of a movement and at telling faces apart.


Daily Mail: 40 hours of playing violent videos actually IMPROVED the sight of young gamers

NYT: How Video Games could Improve your Vision

LiveScience: Video Games Improve Adult Lazy Eye

LiveScience: Action Video Games Improve Vision

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  • Hugo Stiglitz

    It’s not video games, it’s anything on a computer screen or TV. The brightness and the fact that you’re focusing at something at a fixed distance is the issue. It can cause computer vision syndrome.

    I have it badly. I can look at a computer screen for a half hour and my eyes will already start to get blurry. It sucks. Video games can be rough because your eyes are pretty much glued to the screen but no more than a movie I guess.

    They make tinted glasses to reduce the strain monitors/TV’s put on your eyes. They’ve helped me a lot but not got rid of the issue completely.