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App claims to be able to improve your vision, and science says it works

Mike Wehner, @MikeWehner
December 10, 2013
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The App Store is absolutely crammed full of apps that promise the world and don't deliver. One strange little app has appeared on the digital shelves claiming to be able to reduce the need for reading glasses, though it's not likely to be taken very seriously. However, GlassesOff has some pretty compelling scientific backing, and as The Wall Street Journal reports, a 12-week study published in Scientific Reports found the program to improve letter recognition by 1.6 times.

The app includes a baseline vision test, which produces a customized training regimen that the user must follow. Training sessions are up to 15 minutes in length, three times a week, and are designed to help a person's brain better interpret information coming from the eyes of a person suffering from presbyopia (an age-related condition where vision of close-up objects, like a book page, becomes fuzzy).

The app is free to download and comes with a three-week free trial. After the trial, the personalized training will (typically) set you back US$59 for a further four months, but the developers are currently holding a promotion that cuts that cost down to $10.

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