SO, you’re excited to go to your first 3D movie? Your friends are enjoying the movie and you’re not? What are they talking about? You don’t see the exciting things they are, and in fact, you feel a little nauseous and dizzy. What’s going on?
While 3D movies are increasing in popularity, it can be a real headache for some people – Literally. There are no long-term effects associated with 3D viewing, the short-term effects include headaches, nausea, dizziness and blurred vision. These effects can last a few hours and seriously ruin the 3D experience for those unlucky enough to have them. There’s a market for people who feel they can’t handle 3D movies… A quick visit to the optometrist will help diagnose your issue and maybe even get you back to the movies!
In order to see things in 3D, each eye must see a slightly different picture. This is done in the real world by your eyes being spaced apart so each eye has its own slightly different view. The brain then puts the two pictures together to form one 3D image that has depth to it. We call that “binocular vision”. If a patient lacks binocular vision, there may be reduced vision in one eye (“lazy eye”), or a problem with the eyes converging. Convergence is the simultaneous inward movement of both eyes toward each other, usually in an effort to maintain single binocular vision when viewing an object.
Going to a 3D movie may help diagnosis these problems. So if a child or adult you know is having symptoms: headaches, nausea, dizziness or unimpressed with watching a 3D movie, this could warrant an eye exam. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, please contact Vision Wellness for immediate care.
- Your Vision Wellness Team