Through the eye of a needle

Eagle-eyed dressmakers have vision that is as exact as their measurements, new research reveals


Dressmakers have enhanced stereoscopic vision when compared to non-dressmakers, a new study has found. 

The research, published in Scientific Reports, used computer tests to analyse the 3D vision of 13 professional dressmakers and 21 non-dressmakers.  

Study author, Dr Adrien Chopin, explained to OT  that the results illustrated that dressmakers could see tiny 3D structures that were twice as small as those viewed by a non-dressmaker. 

Dr Chopin highlighted that the results were surprising considering that other professions, such as surgery and dentistry, were not linked to improved stereoscopic vision.

“The research fits into a larger context where we are training people to increase their stereoacuity,” Dr Chopin elaborated. 

“If we can explain why dressmakers have better stereo-vision, we may be able to build better training capitalising on that explanation,” he added. 

Approximately 10% of the population has impaired stereo-vision, which results in reduced precision grasping objects, throwing balls, navigating and driving. These difficulties are exacerbated in reduced light.  

The findings follows a new study that revealed Premier League football players have better contrast sensitivity, visual clarity and near-far quickness than healthy non-athletes.