Are 3D Movies Bad for Your Eyes?

MIT’s Technology Review (4/5, Grifantini) reports, “The success of 3D movies has been accompanied by complaints from some viewers of headaches and eyestrain.” Now, “some experts are calling for more research into the possibility of eyestrain associated with 3D viewing, particularly on smaller screens that are closer to the viewer.” Martin Banks, PhD, an associate professor of optometry at the University of California-Berkeley, explained that “artificial 3D causes ‘vergence-accommodation conflict,’…because viewers must focus at one distance (where light is emitting from the screen), but verge at another distance (wherever the 3D object appears to be in space),” which could result in headaches.

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