Are 3-D Movies Safe for Kids’ Eyes?​

With the popularity of 3-D movies likeBrave, The Avengers and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a lot of people are wondering about 3-D technology and eye safety. Is 3-D technology healthy for your eyes? What about your kids?


The American Academy of Ophthalmology says there is no reason to be concerned: 3-D movies, TV or video games will not damage the eyes or visual system. Some people complain of headaches or motion sickness when viewing 3-D, which may indicate that the viewer has a problem with focusing or depth perception. Also, the techniques used to create the 3-D effect can confuse or overload the brain, causing some people discomfort even if they have normal vision. Taking a break from viewing usually relieves the discomfort. Children or adults who have vision disorders like amblyopia or strabismus may be more likely to experience headaches and eye fatigue when viewing 3-D digital images.

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