“In presbyopia, the eye’s lens loses elasticity with age. The ability to focus on near objects deteriorates, resulting in the need for reading glasses,” Laura Johannes reports for The Wall Street Journal. “A 12-week, scientifically tested training program, newly available as an iPhone app, uses a technique called perceptual learning to reduce — or even eliminate — the need for reading glasses.”
“A 30-person study published in February 2012 in the journal Scientific Reports found that after trying the program — now on sale as an iPhone app called GlassesOff – participants on average could read letters 1.6 times smaller than they could previously,” Johannes reports. “The program is much more likely to show improvement in adults 40 to 60 years old, scientists say.”
“GlassesOff is free for two or three weeks after a user signs up. To continue using it after that costs $59 for four months. The company, which has offices in Israel and New York, is offering a temporary $10 promotional price,” Johannes reports. “After the initial program, the company offers a personalized maintenance program of one or two sessions per week at extra cost.”
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