Through the eye of a needle

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

20 Jun 2017 by Selina Powell

Essilor MPU advertDressmakers 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. 

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