lazer alliance will help protect workers eyesA new report published in Current Biology finds that human eye movements quickly adapt when something obstructs vision.

Researchers studied six young adults with normal sight, simulating a loss of foveal vision in the participants. Participants were then asked to complete visual-search tasks with this obstruction. After working on the task in three hours, participants quickly and spontaneously adjusted their eye movements.

To compensate, participants adapted a consistent point on in their peripheral vision that served as their new point of gaze. Once this new point of gaze was established, it was retained for weeks afterwards--being activated when participant's foveal vision was blocked. This process may be able to help macular degeneration patients cope with vision loss.