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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 30, 2009 @ 8:10 am

    A new excuse to spend my life playing video games

    Ciara O'Brien

    remember the days when parents could use the old “you’ll ruin your eyesight” excuse to stop kids spending too much time on games consoles? Well not any more. It turns out a new US study has found video games can actually improve vision – or at least one specific part of it.

    According to the BBC, the study found that playing action video games could help boost contrast sensitivity, leading players to notice small changes in different shades of grey against a uniform background.

    That may not seem like such a big deal, but researchers previously thought this was fixed and was difficult to be improved once in adulthood. Contrast sensitivity is crucial for conditions where visibility is poor.

    While it’s hard to improve, contrast sensitivity can be affected by ageing, and amblyopia or “lazy eye”.

    All I need know is for someone to link chips and cheeseburgers to weight loss, and chocolate to cellulite removal and I’m set.