Game therapy helping one albinism kid at a time, okay I don’t actually know that but this video from Extra Credits on YouTube called Because Games Matter is pretty interesting. It is about a girl with Ocular Albinism who was encouraged by her ophthalmologist to play more video games. Game therapy over time helped her brain make sense of the images processed by her eyes.
If you didn’t know or hadn’t read my previous posts albinism is defined by severely impaired sharpness of vision (visual acuity) and problems with combining vision from both eyes to perceive depth (stereoscopic vision). Other eye abnormalities associated with this condition include rapid, involuntary eye movements (nystagmus); eyes that do not look in the same direction (strabismus); and increased sensitivity to light (photophobia). Many individuals also have abnormalities involving the optic nerves, which carry visual information from the eye to the brain.
I wouldn’t normally be an advocate of video games I think there has to be a better way to wile away your teenage years, not that I didn’t partake in the odd game of Donkey Kong or Sonic. In saying that I really would do anything to help Nash so he can get the most out of his life. Next time we head to the Ophthalmologist I am going to do a little more research on this and see what I can find out. Well until then Merry Christmas all and stay warm. It is finally cold in Houston, yippee!
Featured image – a close-up of the bottom of a Nintendo’s screen.