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Are 3-D Movies Dangerous? What You Should Know

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Updated on Jun 18, 2014

4. What should you do if your child experiences symptoms during the next 3-D blockbuster she watches?

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help. Here are Phelps’s tips:

  • During the movie, have your child close one of her eyes or both eyes for 30 seconds. Or, ask her to cover one eye with the glasses on and watch the movie with the other eye.
  • Try having your child remove the glasses for a minute and give her eyes a rest. Don’t, however, make your child watch the remainder of the film without the glasses, as she’ll be seeing double.
  • Move around the theater to get a different perspective. Specifically, head towards the back of the theater together. As you get farther away from the screen, the 3-D effect lessens.
  • Take your child to the eye doctor. Trouble processing 3-D images can be an indication that your child has a medical condition that may require therapy or corrective lenses. Many eye doctors can provide binocular vision training, which can improve a person’s ability to watch 3-D images more comfortably and reduce symptoms. It’s also possible to get a special set of glasses with prism compensation built into the lenses, which helps get both eyes tuned in and teamed up to see that third dimension. Your child can get an eye exam as early as the age of 2 or 3, and should definitely get one before she starts school. It’s important not to rely solely upon school administered eye exams. Rather, take your child to an eye doctor who can focus on specifics such as binocularity and get a thorough baseline assessment of her eyes.

The good news, Phelps assures us, is that 3-D movies are not dangerous and don’t cause any long-term or permanent damage. But whether it’s 3-D movies, computer screens, cell phones, iPods or video games, with screen time for today’s kids steadily increasing, it’s still important to keep your child’s eye health in mind.


Dr. Roger Phelps is a VSP Vision Care eye doctor practicing in Ojai, California. He is passionate about educating others, particularly about diabetes and the importance of eye exams. For more information about his practice, Ojai Eyes Optometry, visit his website.

You can watch Dr. Phelps and Bill Nye’s webisode on the 3D Movie Myth on YouTube or on the VSP blog or Facebook page.  


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