App helps you ditch reading glasses

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Want to get rid of your reading glasses? There's an app for that.

It's called GlassesOff. As Karen Kingston explained to Tess Rafols, it does not change your vision. Rather, it uses game-like challenges to train your brain to better interpret what you see.

While man near-vision improvement methods involve magnification, GlassesOff focuses on the brain rather than the eyes.

Basically, the app teaches your brain to sharpen blurry images.

The program is made up of of three 12-minute sessions every week for three months.

"In our flagship study that was done at UC Berkeley, 100 percent of users had an improvement in their near vision," Kingston said. "They were able to read a standard newspaper font without glasses. It also improved their reading speed."

The participants in the study were between 40 and 60 years old.

"At the age of 40, your near vision starts to decline," Kingston said. "It's inevitable."

While GlassesOff recommends a maintenance program, it's not absolutely necessary.

"We followed about 60 users for up to six years, and they found they they maintained the improvements," Kingston said.

GlassesOff is available for iPhone/iPad (in the App Store) and Android (in Google Play), and offers a two-week free trial. After that, the app is subscription based -- $9.99/month, $24.99/three months or $59.99/year.

To learn more about the app, check out GlassesOff.com.