In the Matter of Carrot Neurotechnology, Inc., File No. 1423132 #00032

Submission Number:
00032
Commenter:
Duje Tadin
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
In the Matter of Carrot Neurotechnology, Inc., File No. 1423132
To whom it may concern: This case is quite puzzling to me. There is substantial and unequivocal evidence that perceptual training can improve vision. My estimate is that there are at least 1,000 scientific papers supporting that claim. Training can improve vision in healthy young individuals as well as in elderly, those who lost vision due to stroke, and those suffering from low vision. My first impression when hearing about ULTIMEYES (from the press coverage following Dr. Seitz's Current Biology study) was not skepticism about it, but surprise that it took this long for someone to commercialize something us working in this area of research have known for decades. Vision, like other things that we do (e.g., motor coordination), can be improved through practice. You will have a hard time finding a vision researcher who disagrees with that statement. What we lack are good ways to implement vision training (comparable to physical therapy for mobility issues or athletic training for those who want to have better-than-normal motor coordination). ULTIMEYES is an attempt to provide such training. While several of its advertising claims seem overhyped, I have no doubt that that kind of training will result in vision improvement. This, of course, does not mean that ULTIMEYES is the most effective and long lasting way to achieve vision improvement, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Dr. Duje Tadin Associate Professor Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center for Vision Science Ophthalmology University of Rochester [REDACTED]