Wanna hear something good about video games? I sure do! Apparently, some research presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2011 Annual Meeting (a wild, wild affair) playing video games can help kids with amblyopia, also-known-as "lazy eye."
Basically, kids with lazy eyes played a shooter game using only their weaker eye, and showed great improvement in their condition. Around a third of the 10 to 18 year olds in the study achieved "vast gains" towards correcting their vision. Over the course of a year, about 30 of the 100 participants had made great improvements towards their vision while 60 percent showed some improvement.
So the next time someone says you're wasting your time playing a game, tell them you have a lazy eye and you're making it stronger!