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Are Your Eyes 3D Ready? Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
ImageSo, you’re into the whole 3D craze and you’re stocking up on the gear you need to make it happen in your home.  After much comparison shopping you’ve finally decided on the 3D Blu-ray player and 3D HDTV that will make your setup complete.  Your home theater is going to be 3D ready, but will you?
According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), around fifty-six percent of people between the ages of eighteen and thirty-eight suffer from a vision disorder that could affect their enjoyment of 3D movies.  “There are a variety of vision problems which may cause intermittent problems, where you will see 3-D part of the time,” says Dr. Bradley Habermehl, President of the COVD.  “This can definitely cause headaches or at the least make viewing very uncomfortable.”

Many people are unable to enjoy 3D movies for more obvious reasons, such as the loss of vision in one eye, but other disorders are less blatant. The COVD estimates that around five percent of the population suffers from amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (eye turn), both of which make 3D viewing impossible.  

An additional concern is Visual Motion Hypersensitivity, or VMH. “People who have visual motion hypersensitivity,” says SUNY professor Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, “will find Avatar quite challenging to view.”  While people with this condition often suffer from feelings of dizziness when watching two dimensional films, adding a third dimension can make the experience stressful.

According to the COVD, therapeutic treatment is available to reduce or eliminate some of these effects.  “Optometric vision therapy has helped thousands of people across the world to be able to see 3-D,” says Dr. Habermehl, “even those who have had multiple eye surgeries.”

More information on optometric vision therapy is available at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development ‘s website at COVD.org.

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