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Parents: Should You Be Concerned About Your Child Watching 3D?

POSTED ON June 3, 2011

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The use of 3D has rapidly increased in television and movies.  Rightly so, parents are beginning to ask questions. According to a recent study, one quarter of parents mistakenly believe that watching 3D content will harm their child’s health. Even though only six-and-a-half percent of parents say their children experience discomfort when watching 3D, they still have major concerns.  VSP Global reports that of the parents who expressed concern:70 percent believe 3D will negatively impact short-term or long-term vision 69 percent believe 3D will cause headaches or ...

The use of 3D has rapidly increased in television and movies.  Rightly so, parents are beginning to ask questions.

According to a recent study, one quarter of parents mistakenly believe that watching 3D content will harm their child’s health.

Even though only six-and-a-half percent of parents say their children experience discomfort when watching 3D, they still have major concerns.  VSP Global reports that of the parents who expressed concern:

  • 70 percent believe 3D will negatively impact short-term or long-term vision
  • 69 percent believe 3D will cause headaches or dizziness
  • 65 percent believe 3D will cause nausea
  • 64 percent believe 3D will negatively impact visual development

The survey results show that some parents don’t correctly understand the impact of 3D technology on their children.

Indiana eye doctors like Dr. Tavel say there are many misconceptions about the impact of 3D on a child’s health.  There is no medical evidence that proves 3D is harmful to a child’s vision development.  Actually, quite the opposite is true. 3D technology can help detect vision problems, which are often the cause of discomfort while viewing 3D.

Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates recommend getting your child a comprehensive annual eye exam if they experience unusual discomfort while watching 3D.

Don’t be alarmed if your child experiences symptoms like dizziness, headaches and nausea while watching 3D. These are only short-term side effects. Remember: moderation is key; 3D is no exception.

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