Tuesday, June 29, 2010

3D Dangers - 3D damage to eyes can cause Amblyopia!

With more and more movies being released in 3D each week at the theatres (the majority being new kids movies) as well as hot electronics like 3D televisions and 3D handheld gaming devices hitting the market, one has to question Safety.

Are we damaging our kids eyes by exposing them to too much 3D?

When 3D televisions were introduced the release did not come without warning. 3D viewing may be hazardous to your health. Not only do many people struggle with viewing 3D (like those with Amblyopia and other binocular vision issues), other common symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and even seizures. Viewing 3D is not recommended for several populations including those with medical conditions like epilepsy, heart conditions, pregnant women and young children. So if the 3D television is dangerous enough to come with a product warning .. what about the barrage of 3D movies for kids coming out week after week? And how about the new 3D Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming system aimed at kids?

Must Read Articles:

From SlashDot:

3D Displays May Be Hazardous To Young Children
"Turns out 3D television can be inherently dangerous to developing children, and perhaps to adults as well. There's a malaise in children that can prevent full stereopsis (depth perception) from developing, called strabismus or lazy-eye. It is an abnormal alignment of the eyes in which the eyes do not focus on the same object — kind of like when you watch a 3D movie. As a result, depth perception is compromised. Acting on a hunch, the guys over at Audioholics contacted Mark Pesce, who worked with Sega on its VR Headset over 15 years ago — you know, the headset that never made it to market. As it turns out, back then Sega uncovered serious health risks involved with children consuming 3D and quickly buried the reports, and the project. Unfortunately, the same dangers exist in today's 3D, and the electronics, movie, and gaming industries seem to be ignoring the issue. If fully realized, 3D just might affect the vision of millions of children and, according to the latest research, many adults, across the country."

The article this references from Audioholics is a must read.

WARNING: 3D Video Hazardous to Your Health

Essentially - repeated 3D viewing - which is unlikely from occasionally taking a trip to the movie theatre for the latest 3D flick. But... is very very feasible with 3D TV in the home that is on day after day. Or, with a child who uses a handheld gaming system like a Nintendo 3DS daily for hour on end. We will have a population of children who are damaging their vision! Because of the nature of 3D viewing and how it "tricks" your eyes into seeing separately, repeated 3D could actually cause Amblyopia/Strabismus in kids, especially those under 7 years of age.

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