Recently Ubisoft announced Dig Rush – an exciting new game that could potentially revolutionize the treatment of Amblyopia, more commonly known as “lazy eye.” Dig Rush utilizes 3D glasses and a tablet to work both the dominant and lazy eye in order to train the brain to improve visual perception. Each experience will be customized by a physician so the patient can get the correct treatment for their level of Amblyopia. We spoke with Mathieu Ferland, Senior Producer at Ubisoft Montreal, about how Dig Rush came about, the way it helps with the treatment of Amblyopia, and what it could mean for those diagnosed with this disorder.
Roughly 3% of the world’s population is affected by Amblyopia, and if unsuccessfully treated, Almblyopia is a leading cause of blindness in adults. With the help of Dig Rush, Ubisoft and its partners at Amblyotech Inc. hope to improve the quality of treatment, and even add a “fun” factor to it. Because of its simple gameplay paired with inventions initially patented by a group of doctors at McGill University, optometrists and ophthalmologists will be able to prescribe Dig Rush to patients of all ages once it has received all the appropriate approvals and is made available worldwide.
Learn more about Dig Rush in this in-depth feature.