Friday, 13 August 2010

3D Games Safe For Most, Says Ophthalmologist

For anyone worrying about whether or not 3D gaming that is being pushed by Sony (via their 3D televisions) and Nintendo (via the 3DS) possibly harming their vision, Mark Borchert, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology based out of Los Angeles, puts those fears to rest, saying that it's "not likely" to cause permanent damage:

"There are people who get uncomfortable with it, and get eye strain or headaches, or on much rarer occasions, a sense of imbalance or nausea, but there's no evidence it can cause permanent harm to your vision or use of both eyes together or anything like that."

However, he did note that he wasn't sure about the effect of 3D gaming on young children, stating that young children didn't aren't born with binocularity or stereoscopic vision - basically, the ability to use both eyes together to perceive depth - though he did note that children develop these skills in the first few years of their lives.

It should also be noted that while this talks specifically about the harm that 3D games cause, the hazards of extended game playing time without breaks are still there for both 3D and 2D gaming. Personally, I'm not in a hurry to try something that "might" cause eye strain or headaches - I went through this with 3D glasses with my copy of Rad Racer, thanks - but I'm also older than most of today's game-playing generation, so it's possible that adolescents adjust to 3D gaming or watching better than someone my age would.

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