Carrot Neurotechnology, the company known for its products aimed at improving vision, has developed an app which is designed to help users sharpen up their failing eyesight and improve their ability to see in low-light conditions.

Named UltimEyes, the app was created by a neuroscientist from the University of California. It works by getting users to complete tasks which have been designed in such a way so that they rewire the brain to process the information that the eyes are seeing; a technique commonly known as neuroplasticity.

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UltimEyes was tested on nineteen baseball players from the University of California, Riverside. Each participant was instructed to use the app thirty times for twenty-five minute intervals. The results showed an average increase in eyesight of thirty-one percent, states a study which was published in journal Current Biology. Seven out of the nineteen baseball players achieved 20/7.5 vision, which means that while they were able to see an object at 20 feet,  someone with average vision would see it from 7.5 feet.

The players also reported that they were able to see the ball better during play, as well as noticing an improved peripheral vision and that their eyes did not tire as quickly.

“What I’ve been able to do is take my research that started looking at very simple, basic science problems and turn it into a game that anybody can play that has real-world impacts,” said Aaron Seitz, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside.

To the everyday user of UltimEyes, they can expect to see an improvement in their eyesight when doing activities such as driving, reading and watching the television.

“We’re encouraged and excited by the broad range of lifestyle benefits that many individuals who rely on vision, including athletes, but also those with normal vision and low vision going about their routine tasks,” Adam Goldberg, CEO of Carrot Technology, said in a statement.

UltimEyes is available for iOS devices and costs $5.99 via the App Store.

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