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April 1, 2014

How do 3D Movies Affect Your Eyes?

With the advancement of digital technology, 3D entertainment has come a long way. What used to be a special occasion involving a bag of popcorn and some funky red and blue glasses at the theater is now a common experience of the modern era.  It’s even available in your home. As the availability of 3D rises it is important to look at how it affects eye care.

While there is no concrete evidence to support 3D having a negative impact on our eyes, some viewers experience eye discomfort, dizziness, or nausea while watching 3D.  These symptoms are primarily due to what has been called marginal binocular vision.

Have you ever noticed that when you close one eye, the depth of 3D disappears? That is because in order to see 3D, it requires both eyes working together. This is called binocular coordination or stereopsis. Binocular vision allows for two slightly different images to be put together and create depth. However, if your eyes aren’t working together properly, this can make seeing 3D more difficult.

The side effects of one eye working harder than the other can cause dizziness or nausea. If you experience these symptoms while watching 3D, first try changing the perspective of your view by switching seats in a theater, or even closing one eye. If these symptoms persist or become unmanageable, the best recommendation would be to get your eyes checked.

If you have any questions about watching 3D or want to speak to an eye care specialist, visit our website at www.eastwesteye.com or call 877-871-1684 for guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

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