By Adrian Galbreth
A new application being released for the iPhone will help to improve the eyesight of older people, it has been claimed.
According to Ucansi, to the developers of GlassesOff, middle-aged people who regularly use the brain training app will be able to improve their vision to what it was like ten years ago, New Scientist reports.
It works by showing people a grey screen containing a white circle, followed by a succession of images in random places on the screen, some of which are blank and others contain blurred patterns of lines.
People have to pick out specific 'Gabor patches' that appear in the same place as the white circle, though the task increases in speed as people progress.
An early trial carried out at the University of California, Berkley, found that people with an average eye age of 50 were able to improve their vision to that of a 40-year-old after just 40 sessions with the app, as well as being quicker at reading sentences than they previously were.
Ucansi co-founder Uri Polat, from Tel Aviv University, said the app, which is expected to cost in the region of £60 for three months, is revolutionary and could change people's need for glasses and contact lenses.
"We're using the brain as glasses. Every single change is in the brain. The software is unlikely to do away with reading glasses. It may, however, reduce the amount of time people need to wear them," he told the New Scientist.
The new app is expected to be available on the Apple App store within a matter of weeks.
by Adrian Galbreth