While those of us unlucky enough to ever have played with the Virtual Boy, we know that Videogames can’t just give you a killer headache, but can also screw with your eyesight (and your tolerance to the color red), however to the rest of you it turns out games can improve your vision.
A study by the University of Rochester on the effects of gaming on eyesight revealed that playing First Person Shooter games gives your eyesight a killer workout. Constantly keeping up with an ever-changing environment and trying to hit that guy carrying the flag with your rocket launcher from across the map trains your eye for better and faster spatial recognition. The results of this are better night vision, improved reading speed and even faster healing after eye surgery. However, study subjects who played more passive games like The Sims, didn’t get any of these benefits.
Games can’t get you shooting lasers out of your eyes just yet, but if you’d played that Virtual Boy a couple of years more… it might just have happen.
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