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.
July Patient Education Symposium: Stop the Silent thief of Sight!
Glaucoma is a silent illness; most people have no early symptoms or warning signs as their peripheral vision diminishes or blind spots occur. Even in the United States, where there are active glaucoma screening programs, it is estimated 50% of people with glaucoma do not know they have the disease.
If untreated, glaucoma ultimately results in blindness.
“Glaucoma remains a leading cause of preventable blindness because it often goes undetected, and currently there is no treatment to restore vision once it’s lost,” said Dr. Nam Tran Pham, the Medical Director of American Eye Center in HCMC. “But when we catch glaucoma early and closely monitor and treat people, we can significantly slow its progression and minimize vision loss.With today’s improved treatments, glaucoma patients no longer face inevitable blindness, but preserving vision depends on seeing an eye doctor at the right time and carefully following a treatment plan.”
Safety Tips for Home Eye Hazards
Home improvements and yard work: for many people, these projects occur during summertime. But, did you know home projects like these can be a major threat to eye safety? Nearly half of all serious eye injuries occur at home, yet most people do not wear protective eyewear during projects that could pose a threat to their eyes.
Cleaning. Chemicals like bleach in cleaning products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year in the US.
Home Improvement. Screws, nails, wood or metal chips can fly into the eyes and cause severe injuries.
Yard Work. Sharp tools, dirt, branches, twigs and thorns can be dangerous to the eyes.
The good news is that protective eyewear reduces your risk for an eye injury by 90 percent. We recommend that you buy protective eyewear and wear it during activities that could pose a risk to eye safety. If you or a family member experiences an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention