Through the eye of a needle
Eagle-eyed dressmakers have vision that is as exact as their measurements, new research reveals
20 June 2017
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.