Doctor: 3D Won't Damage Gamers' Eyesight

Doctor: 3D Won't Damage Gamers' Eyesight

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Despite current fears that 3D gaming will make us go blind, that's probably not going to happen.

A prominent ophthalmologist has allayed concerns that playing videogames in 3D over prolonged periods of time will destroy eyesight. Mark Borchert of the American Academy of Ophthalmology told Gamasutra that there's basically nothing to worry about.

"It's not likely to cause any permanent harm to vision," he said. "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."

For adults, there appears to be no indication that 3D gaming is going to harm us. However, Borchert did confirm that young children can damage their eyesight if they play games in 3D at too young an age, but younger an age than previously believed.

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime admitted that children under the age of seven shouldn't play games in 3D or watch 3D movies because of medicine's uncertainty over their effects on developing peepers. Borchert lowers that age to four. He reveals: "[Binocularity and stereoscopic vision] is something that is learned in the first few years of life, primarily in about the first three years of life. So it's unlikely that children at that age, where stereoscopic vision is developing most critically, are going to be playing these games."

"I can't imagine how this is going to cause any kind of permanent harm to someone who is over four years of age," Borchert concluded. Doomsday theorists that thought 3D gaming would turn us into mutants forced to wander the Earth blindly can relax, as long as they don't give a Nintendo 3DS to a four-year-old. It'll have to be regular DSi XL until then.

(Gamasutra)

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"Despite current fears that 3D gaming will make us go blind, that's probably not going to happen."

How could the initial Japanese promises of 3D pornography NOT make us go blind? /end cleverdick

Who is that guy in the picture? Also, good news. The more 3D comes in, the more it will become accepted, turning it from a gimmick into an actual product. Once 3D is standard (HD 3D, that'd be cool) we'll be able to focus on Holographic projection. Once that's out of the way, we turn that into HD then we'll have no more need to adapt picture, and so new versions of surround sound that are affordable should come in. Then I think we all know what is next...

Calumon: Smell-o-vision.

To be honest, I do believe it...however, I think its over time and the real world studies which are going to count further

Why would it damage your eyes in the first place? Don't we see everyday objects in 3D?

who are paying these people seriously. I have no academic qualifications in medicine yet as an IT student it's rather oblivious it wont do any permanent damage

TylerC:
Why would it damage your eyes in the first place? Don't we see everyday objects in 3D?

you are confusing it with something completely different

nice to know i was always right.

Yay! We saw a 3D TV at Escapism Toronto and it was certainly pretty cool.

Jack and Calumon:
Who is that guy in the picture? Also, good news. The more 3D comes in, the more it will become accepted, turning it from a gimmick into an actual product. Once 3D is standard (HD 3D, that'd be cool) we'll be able to focus on Holographic projection. Once that's out of the way, we turn that into HD then we'll have no more need to adapt picture, and so new versions of surround sound that are affordable should come in. Then I think we all know what is next...

Calumon: Smell-o-vision.

I think it is MoleMan from the Fantastic Four. That is my guess anyways.

And I don't believe. Sorry but back 60 years ago people were told smoking was fine. Now they believe it causes every form of cancer known to man. It is just to early to tell. I don't think it will cause blindness but I don't think in 10 years that there won't be any negative effect.

TylerC:
Why would it damage your eyes in the first place? Don't we see everyday objects in 3D?

3D is projected on television based on the simple fact that we have two eyes. By slightly altering the positioning of overlapping elements we trick the brain into thinking it's actually in 3 dimensions. People with lazy eye, who are colorblind or with just one eye period can't watch it.

The development of the muscles in the eye to properly follow each other and provide focus happens when you're young. 3D could hinder this development.

Well, thank fuck for that. I have pretty sensitive eyes, and they are damaged enough.

TylerC:
Why would it damage your eyes in the first place? Don't we see everyday objects in 3D?

Stereoscopic 3D is different than nomral everyday 3D.

The real essence of the argument is that it should never be obvious that something gone untested should turn out the way we think it will - this is simply Science enforcing that we can't say for certain without seeing for ourselves. Remember back when laser eye surgery was new, no one knew what the long-term effects of it were, if anything. No problems could be foreseen, but we just can't know until we observe it.

Simply put, if someone says, "pff, nothing will happen" they have no hard proof; the closest we have is Dr. Borchert here, an expert, who is basically saying, "I can't think of bad anything that could happen" - famous last words if there were any.

But such is the nature of uncertainty.

Tom Goldman:
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Why the picture of Mole Man? Is he even blind?

Oh no! What will all the rich parents do now that their 3D TVs can no longer babysit their kids for them?

squid5580:

Jack and Calumon:
Who is that guy in the picture? Also, good news. The more 3D comes in, the more it will become accepted, turning it from a gimmick into an actual product. Once 3D is standard (HD 3D, that'd be cool) we'll be able to focus on Holographic projection. Once that's out of the way, we turn that into HD then we'll have no more need to adapt picture, and so new versions of surround sound that are affordable should come in. Then I think we all know what is next...

Calumon: Smell-o-vision.

I think it is MoleMan from the Fantastic Four. That is my guess anyways.

And I don't believe. Sorry but back 60 years ago people were told smoking was fine. Now they believe it causes every form of cancer known to man. It is just to early to tell. I don't think it will cause blindness but I don't think in 10 years that there won't be any negative effect.

Do you remember when they used to tell us not to stand too close to a microwave because the microwave radiation will fry us from the inside?
Yeah, that was BS too.
Point is, you have nothing to believe or disbelieve as there haven't been any studies. You just don't know, but theoretically it shouldn't cause damage (which is what this guy is saying).
And regardless, smoking began in the 19th Century so comparing that to things now is kind of stupid. The Microwave example is much closer to our reality.

they said the same shit about 2D tv back when that first became available. never heard a coherent explanation for what exactly would do the damage.

 

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