Can 3D Movies and TV Harm your Child’s Vision?

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Last updated on December 23rd, 2019 at 09:48 am

Have you been hearing mixed messages regarding 3D movies and TV and the effects on younger children’s vision? Due to the rapid spread of misinformation the American Optometric Association (AOA) has created a section on their website dedicated to 3D eye health. The section provides in depth information, additional resources as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions from parents on the topic. Conclusions drawn from the 3D eye health section conclude that…

  • Since most children have established basic binocular vision by age 3, they can safely enjoy 3D movies, TV shows, and games.
  • As with most activities, moderation is important when it comes to 3D viewing, but the time limitations for 3D should be no different than for viewing 2D content. But the AOA says that due to the closer viewing distance, handheld 3D devices actually place higher demands on the eyes than do movies, so more frequent breaks are recommended.
  • For most children, there isn’t a concern that watching 3D programs or games can trigger seizures. The AOA cautions that parents with kids diagnosed with conditions such as photosensitive epilepsy or those taking medications that are known to lower seizure thresholds should exercise caution with both 2D and 3D television. The group says there is no current evidence that seizure risks are any greater with 3D than they are with regular TV programs or movies. (AOA)

For more information visit the 3D eye health area of the AOA website.

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