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Use of Eye Exercises to Improve Vision

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03054597
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 15, 2017
Last Update Posted : October 6, 2017
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, Davis

Brief Summary:
Children in the United States watch an average of twenty-eight hours of television and play around thirteen hours of video games per week. The objective of this experiment was to see if a specific eye exercises could strengthen the eye muscles and improve the peripheral vision range of children and adults.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Eye Strain Device: Circular light motion Device: Diagonal light motion Device: Peripheral light motion Procedure: Exercise Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Children in the United States watch an average of twenty-eight hours of television and play around thirteen hours of video games per week. When their eyes are focused, people tend to blink their eyes less, exacerbating the problem of eye fatigue or stress. The objective of this study is to see if a novel exercise technique can increase eye muscle strength and widen peripheral vision. Experiments were conducted by asking the test subjects to follow, with their eyes, a set of blinking LED lights on 3 vision exercise devices. These LED lights were laid in circular or diagonal configurations, and programmed using a microcontroller to blink or 'move' in certain directions and at certain speeds. An endurance score, measured as total time that the test subject completed while following the blinking LED lights before his/her eyes became tired, was recorded. Nineteen test subjects aged 12-81 were asked to exercise their eyes four times over 2 weeks using the devices for as long as they could until they experienced mild eye fatigue. Endurance scores, peripheral vision, and peripheral reading ranges were assessed before and after the training sessions.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 19 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Novel Way to Strengthen Eye Muscle and Enhance Peripheral Vision
Study Start Date : February 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Adults

The arm consisted of adult participants who underwent:

Circular Light Motion exercises: 4 times over 2 weeks Diagonal Light Motion exercises: 4 times over 2 weeks Peripheral Light Motion exercises: 4 times over 2 weeks

Device: Circular light motion
Exercise with circular light motion

Device: Diagonal light motion
Exercise with diagonal light motion

Device: Peripheral light motion
Exercise with peripheral light motion

Procedure: Exercise
Experimental: Children

The arm consisted of child participants who underwent:

Circular Light Motion exercises: 4 times over 2 weeks Diagonal Light Motion exercises: 4 times over 2 weeks

Device: Circular light motion
Exercise with circular light motion

Device: Diagonal light motion
Exercise with diagonal light motion

Procedure: Exercise



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Eye Muscle Endurance [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    The time spent exercising prior to eye strain


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Peripheral Vision [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    The lateral degrees at which the test subject could see a blank card

  2. Peripheral Reading Range [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    The lateral degrees at which the test subject could read the letters on a card



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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able to read English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cannot be colorblind

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03054597


Locations
United States, California
Hopkins Junior High School
Fremont, California, United States, 94539
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Davis

Responsible Party: University of California, Davis
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03054597     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACSEF2012JB
First Posted: February 15, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 6, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Asthenopia
Eye Diseases