1 in 10 People Can't See in 3D, Says Eye Expert

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1 in 10 People Can't See in 3D, Says Eye Expert

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Dharmesh Patel, chairman of The Eyecare Trust, says 3D images can cause headaches and vision problems in a significant portion of the population.

If your biggest barrier to playing games and watching movies in 3D is having to buy a new television, then consider yourself lucky, as research suggests that around 1 in 10 people can't actually see 3D images, and could potentially suffer some discomfort if they try.

"About 12 per cent have 3D vision problems [in the UK] and you'll find a similar percentage worldwide," said Patel. "3D is appearing everywhere and there's loads of people complaining that they can't see it. There will be people who have not attended an eye examination in years and are probably unaware they have a lazy eye or something like that."

"Some people won't even know why they can't see it. Sometimes something can be done, but it depends on the individual case," he added.

"I don't think there are any long-term negative impacts. But it can create really bad headaches and aches behind the eyes," Patel said. "For these six million people [in the UK], it's like taking the 3D glasses off, making everything all blurry. You can't see the image and that causes headaches, eye-strain and blurred vision."

It's hard to say what, if any, effect will have on the growing trend of 3D media, because visual impairments of this kind have nothing to do with demographics or target markets, although at this early stage, anyone investing thousands of dollars in a 3D capable television is probably already going to know they enjoy 3D media. As long as 3D remains an as optional extra that people can take advantage of if they want to - and there's no reason to think that will change any time soon - then it's reasonable to think that the impact will be minimal.

Source: MCV

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Well, I've always thought I was just weird. Yay!

Jeremy Petter was right!

so Jeremy Petter is one in ten people

My sister couldn't keep the 3d glasses,so she would remove them every 15 minutes

I have a lazy eye. Because of the way 3D works, every time my eye starts acting like a cunt it stops working for me. Pain in the arse.

Oh, I knew I struggled with 3D images for ages. I don't think I have a problem seeing 3D in real life (I mean, I study 2D and 3D animation, and I can always tell the difference). Its the 3D glasses and stuff. For me, and I have focussing issues requiring I wear multifocal glasses, the 3D gadgets for movies just hurt. I cannot focus correctly for it to line up and create a 3D image for me.

Glad I'm not alone!

The old 3D messed with my eyes. The one with colored filters. And I couldn't see the 3D in that.

I don't have a problem with the new version though.

PoweD:
My sister couldn't keep the 3d glasses,so she would remove them every 15 minutes

I had to do that too, but it was because I had not slept 2 days before the night I watched in 3d for the first time. I was barely awake. Maybe she saw in 3d too, but was too tired to watch constantly?

I know it gives me a headache after some time, but I'd had that down as simple eye strain.

Sure kicks Ubisoft's idea of every household having a 3DTV soon up the ass.

12 out of 100 definately doesn't equal 1 out of 10, Logan. Then again, that's just me being picky.

Regardless, this is probally a bit hit at the 3D market. Not only are their current sales to be predicted low, but now an almost definate 12% of people won't be buying them.

I can see it but it very quickly gives me headaches and sickness. I wonder if I fit in the one in ten...

Just another reason for why 3D sucks.

When I took my family to see Toy Story 3 I insisted that we would see the non-3D version simply to avoid having to wear those damn glasses.

Gah! It's not 3D! It's stereoscopy!

Some people are so very, very ignorant.

Lol, that title is wrong - EVERYONE with 2 eyes can see in 3D, you just might not be able to see the stereo image :p

While I can see the 3d, it induces massive headaches after a while. Still buying a 3ds though, adjustable 3d ftw!

So, for people who say they could 'see' the 3D, was Avatar's image very very soft, ie almost no sharp edges. When I saw it, it was 3D but it was so soft that I wanted to go to the 2D instead. On Bluray (2D of course) the image is very sharp. I wondered whether a) the projector was not focussed properly, b) the projector was not bright enough, or c) it was meant to look that way.

Also, trying out the 3D TVs here in Japanese shops, I am irritated by the refresh rate. I can 'sense it' and 'see' it in the corner of my vision. It is distracting and when I take the glasses off, my eyes certainly feel a bit tired.

I don't wear glasses or contacts, and I can read most of the little letters (or broken circles) on those charts. Dunno what's going on.

Charcharo:

PoweD:
My sister couldn't keep the 3d glasses,so she would remove them every 15 minutes

I had to do that too, but it was because I had not slept 2 days before the night I watched in 3d for the first time. I was barely awake. Maybe she saw in 3d too, but was too tired to watch constantly?

it wasn't our first 3d movie,first one being spy kids 3d but she wasn't tired and i was more tired than her
Also this issue i had with Red/Cyan glasses but i gotten used to it.

My Father can't see properly out of his right eye due to a car accident years ago. Therefore, he can't really see in 3D anymore. But even so, I wouldn't pay the extra for a 3 dimensional television anyway, I live my life in 3D as it is...

mikecoulter:
My Father can't see properly out of his right eye due to a car accident years ago. Therefore, he can't really see in 3D anymore. But even so, I wouldn't pay the extra for a 3 dimensional television anyway, I live my life in 3D as it is...

Yep...only the punches hurt...

I can see in 3D, although i couldn't as a kid...im just weird ^_^

Is the study counting one eyed and blind people?

Wait - studies also show that 1 in 10 people are alcoholic, gay, left-handed, gluten-sensitive, and/or over 60.

I'd say 10% of humanity has some serious recessive gene issues. Not to mention they'd wish society would be more and less permissive at the same time.

Well, im one of them, and I know nothing can be done for mine...so, no 3D for me. Which I suppose saves me some money

my hubby can't use the 3d glasses as they give him migraines, and our local picture house is getting really lax about showing the 2d editions of films

Well I could see Avatar, Up, and Toy Story 3 just fine in 3D, so here's hoping that at least extends to the 3DS.

Knew it, I'm among the 12-15%.

All the more reason I hope this 3D fad will die soon, or at least this "Real3D" variant of it.

I have a horizontal nystagmus, and for some reason also can't see the 3D effect. Never fo to 3D movies either.

Ironic Pirate:
Well, I've always thought I was just weird. Yay!

yup, same here. driving can be a b***h because of it too.

3D shouldn't be just an extra just because some people can't see it.
I mean, blind people can't see movies at all and need them described.
That's called a handicap option, and there is no reason 3D movies can't have one for those who cannot see 3D.
However, a minority of the population cannot control technological/entertainment trends just because it does not work for them.
As such, this should not be a worry at all.

maxben:
3D shouldn't be just an extra just because some people can't see it.
I mean, blind people can't see movies at all and need them described.
That's called a handicap option, and there is no reason 3D movies can't have one for those who cannot see 3D.
However, a minority of the population cannot control technological/entertainment trends just because it does not work for them.
As such, this should not be a worry at all.

Do you know what it's like not being able to see in 3d? Yeah, they have handicapped versions of movies for blind people, but when there are older people who can't see, and a portion of otherwise normal people who can't see in 3d, it becomes a bigger deal.

OT: I cannot see the stereoscopic 3d, I had a lazy eye, and as such, my eye is drifting back into the laze... I can sit there and try and watch a 3d movie, but then I dont really see the movie cause I'm trying to get the 3d to work.

I really hope games don't go completely 3d, or else I wont even be able to enjoy my hobby anymore... :(

I saw Avatar and was impressed with it in "3D", and what I like about it is that although it does have 3D it didn't always throw things at you to show it. That said I don't see any reason to ghet a 3D monitor or TV but secretly I hope it becomes a great success, just so I can get myself a cheap full HD 42" LCD TV without 3D which I would be perfectly happy with.

But as I said I enjoyed seeing Avatar in 3D it did add a little extra to the experience, but my guess is also it had that little more because it was the first time I saw it this good, I remember those idiotic green and red glasses or whatever, never worked on me, the Stereoscopic glasses however works like a charm for me atleast. And I hope we might see some movies use this without the "omg I throw stuff at you!"-gimmick that we can enjoy in the theater.

I must be one in ten then, cos myhead was killing during avatar...

My eyes won't work properly unless I put a special lens contraption in front of my face - but I usually don't because I look more dashing without glasses. Anyway, when I see 3D movies there's always a slight but very noticeable bit of double-vision. Its very annoying, but not really enough to make me hate 3D or not see it. Maybe when I age and my eyes get inevitably work I won't be able to see the effect at all anymore. Ultimately though, only the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" really grabbed me with its 3D effects. Everything else was fine just in 2D.

And the worst part of the 3D is... THE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE TICKET PRICES!! WALLET-MURDER!! WALLET-MURDER!!

So, 3D.

Things leap out of the screen. What a great innovation.

And what do we get for this massive "leap" forward? 12 in 100 can't see it, you have to wear stupid glasses AND the hardware is fucking expensive.

I really hope 3D fucks off soon.

Avatar in 3D was horrible for me, my eyes kept just wanting to close. But it was the first film I saw in 3D and it was a late showing and I had my normal glasses on underneath the 3D ones. Hopefully it was just because I was tired. Seeing Toy Story 3 in 3D on Monday so I guess I'll know then if 3D is a chore for me as well.

I'm not affected by 3D, but why did my head hurt when I looked at that picture? It was like a migraine decided to pop up at that exact second for Irony, when it is a 2D picture.

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