3-D is the hot, new media trend. There are 3-D movies, televisions, and video games. This begs the question “is it safe for our eyes?”

In order to see the 3-D effect, we need our two eyes to work together as a team. When they do, we get to feel as if we are part of the action we are watching. When they do not, we can see double, and can experiences eyestrain, fatigue, nausea, and headaches.

Many “G” and “PG” rated films are available in 3-D. If your child complains about having difficulty appreciating the 3-D effect, or about eyestrain while watching the movie, it could be a sign that his or her eyes are not working together efficiently. More important that the 3-D movie, this could signal an underlying vision problem that could interfere with school and athletic performance. If this occurs, you should call our office to set up an appointment.

Nintendo recently came out with a new 3-D game system. They have issued a warning that since vision is still developing, it is not safe for children under the age of six to use their system, and that all users should take periodic breaks. Dr. Cohen is not convinced that use of this game system will ruin vision development in younger children, but he agrees that caution and moderation are still reasonable. For younger children, the system includes a switch that can turn off the 3-D effect. For all users, he recommends following the “20-20-20 Rule:” Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look at objects that are at least 20 feet away.

With any advance in technology, we see new challenges. To ensure that your and your children can enjoy all the benefits of new technology, set up an appointment to make sure your, or you childrenʼs vision is working efficiently as a team. Your eyes will thank you for it!