Vision therapy through new computer game

A simple browser game called Eyelander incorporates vision therapy for young people with partial visual field loss.

  Eyelander was designed with and for children and young people with visual field loss caused by brain injury. Common causes of this type of visual field loss are hemianopia (loss of vision to one side) and cerebral vision impairment (difficulty in processing and interpreting visual information). The game, developed by WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, incorporates behavioural therapy that has been designed to improve the player’s speed and accuracy when finding objects. It can be played on any (modern) web browser, with a mouse and keyboard. Made in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and the Mutant Labs game development company, Eyelander is part of a project to evaluate vision training for children and young people with visual impairment caused by brain injury. Dr Jonathan Waddington, Research Scientist (Neuroscience), WESC Foundation, said: “We don’t expect playing Eyelander to improve your visual field but we do expect it to improve your functional vision by changing the way you move your eyes when searching for objects around you. “There’s evidence that completing lots of visual exercises such as those found in Eyelander can improve performance on everyday tasks such as finding objects on a crowded desk or moving around more safely in a busy environment.” The game can be played by creating an account online then clicking to play. Playing the game requires some functional vision and some simple computer skills.
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