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The Importance of Your Eye Health for Stereoscopic 3D Perception

March 15th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Other S3D Tech


I’ve talked about the fact that often getting bad experience when watching 3D content can be due to multiple different reasons, one of the most common being the bad quality of the 3D content, but it actually is only one of the possible reasons. Actually one of the other very common reasons that often gets overlooked is the possibility of the viewer having a problem with his/hers vision. It is not that you might need to wear glasses, even if you are wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses they may not be good for watching 3D, as it also depends on what type of an issue with your vision they are intended to correct. In reality every person sees the world differently and that goes for 3D movies as well and when you don’t have a base to compare you usually blame the content for the bad experience and don’t try to look for the problem in other places… it is simply the easiest thing to do.

The problem can really be inside yourself, and while in 3D movies we don’t have the option to tweak the depth and convergence experience, like in stereo 3D games, you can play with other things that can change the experience at least a bit. But no matter what 3D content you are watching and on what display (also important factor for a good 3D experience) if you have trouble with your vision you might be disappointed from the 3D in overall, thinking that all the 3D content you’ve tried is actually bad, flat or whatever while at the same time the problem might be in you. If you go to a 3D movie or watch one at home that everybody is saying is great and looks simply astonishing in stereo 3D, but you are disappointed from the experience you are getting, that is a good hint that you should go and check your eyes, as most of the time the problem can be resolved if you have some sort of an issue with your vision. Of course it is not necessary that your vision might be the reason for you not getting good 3D experience, and eliminating all the possible setbacks is the only way that you can ensure that you are getting the best 3D experience you can. There is an interesting publication covering more in-depth the subject about problems with vision and stereo 3D over at Barry Sandrew’s blog that you can take a look at if you are interested in how issues with vision could affect your perception of 3D…

To read why “People Who Hate 3D Movies Should Have Their Eyes Examined”…

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Remy Medranda // Mar 16, 2012 at 01:23

    I can’t agree more! I’ve been saying this for the past two years to people and they get so offended when I come face to face to tell them the truth, but there’s no way to sugar coat it.

  • 2 Haylee Jennings // Mar 16, 2012 at 06:09

    well, I always get headaches when I watch a movie in 3d, and honestly it’s not really that much cooler. I think 3d movies are about to end soon with adults, because we don’t care if the character is jumping out at us, our focus is on the movie and story.

  • 3 josh // Mar 16, 2012 at 08:26

    from my experience, 3d in the movie theaters sucks. 3d gaming with with nvidia 3d vision is incredible and the 3d blu rays i watched under the sea, hugo, and ultimate wave tahiti looked amazing in 3d.

  • 4 Shivoa // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:34

    Agreed, a lot of people seem to use their two eyes less than optimally (because you’ll never really notice that one eye becomes weak and so you end up using mainly the other, temporal 3D – seeing things moving in relation to each other over time – gives reasonable depth perception a lot of the time to make up for weak stereoscopic processing) and this means they think 3D is rubbish.

    Also movies, where a lot of stuff is composited flat depth layers rather than true two perspectives anyway, almost always have a tiny separation (to the point that without glasses people just view the combined images as a blurry single image rather than two distinct images) which means you can’t get a lot of discrete depth information out of it, unlike typical video game 3D.

  • 5 eqzitara // Mar 16, 2012 at 18:37

    I was close to being a hater of 3d. I can NOT watch 3d content at low fps(1080p -24hz.) Basically 40 fps and below my eyes get tired after extended period. 30ish and below can have more repercussions.

  • 6 claydough // Mar 18, 2012 at 04:51

    Even if there is a valid reason, I do no understand the psychology behind someones need to be anti-3d? Any enthusiast has probably suffered the type. As if they had been ordained the person in the room to educate the ignorant masses that 3d is a gimmick.
    What would drive someone to be so insulting? Unless they had something to gain? Or were afraid of losing something because of 3d?
    Is 3d a threat? Is there a threat that all entertainment will be in 3d without an alternative? If so I have not heard of any such rumors? I guess it’s possible? There is certainly “at least” stereo audio in every theatre showing. But I seriously doubt, that day would ever come.
    You don’t like it? fine, keep it to yourself! It’s not an issue of any importance for one to take up arms and wear the mantle of 3d nazi.
    I don’t like peas! Peas are a gimmick!
    I don’t like mustaches! Mustache rides are a gimmick!
    I don’t like oral sex! Blow Jobs are a gimmick!
    Geez Louise! Keep it to yerself…
    By all rights, no one would ever get impregnated by a blow job. So, sure it’s a gimmick.
    Just like 24 fps and the effect of motion and two stereoscopic images
    giving the effect of 3d.
    But after all the nay saying, You are never going to convince someone that they are not enjoying 3D.
    ( even if you made it illeagal under a sodomy law )
    It’s just petty.

  • 7 eqzitara // Mar 19, 2012 at 02:10

    When 3d harms someone either via eye strain headaches they attack it. Its a defense mechanism thats part of being human. Don’t understand it… KILL IT! This is especially strong in the “gamer crowd”.

    Which is why you see many threads/posts when someone says I get headaches(or something else). They then proceed to say its a gimmick, and tell everyone not to support it. Just because it doesn’t work for them.

  • 8 claydough // Mar 19, 2012 at 05:39

    Sadly, I understand the medical limitation, I get nauseated if I try and play to early in the morning or too late. If I play too long I get headaches. I do not have qudra or a 3dvision pro so I have to sculpt in Maya using the anaplyph solution. Which feels like it does the most harm to the red and blue receptors in my eyes. ( and is depressingly inferior )

    After suffering I stll consider myself an enthusiast. Which makes the self serving anti 3d interest seem that much more petty to me.

    ( if it came to the point where I could no longer enjoy 3d at all… why would spit in the punchbowl for everyone else? )

    I bought three 27 inch acers before lightboost came out, But I have yet to sit someone behind my system with portal 2 or Batman AC and not witness an extreme positive reaction… even from those who had to cut the experience short because of nausea.

    The article gave me hope that there might be a medical solution for me. But by the end, what that solution was seemed a bit vaugue to me?

  • 9 badelhas // Mar 21, 2012 at 21:05

    i have a friend who is optometrist and he says people can easily correct it with theraphy.

  • 10 Bloody // Mar 21, 2012 at 21:21

    Yes, the good thing is that most of the time the issues with vision could be resolved with therapy, but first you need to get to the point where you know there is a problem with your vision and that is why you may have trouble seeing in stereo and with 3D content as well.

  • 11 badelhas // Mar 22, 2012 at 03:31

    exactly. The problem is that people blame the content and are so used to their vision that they dont notice they have problems with their stereoscopic vision.

  • 12 witgenstein // Sep 13, 2012 at 08:50

    I have never been able to watch 3d due to a bad eye. I see perfect with one eye. I can see perfectly sharp with both eyes when I concentrate but it requires alot of energy hence I can’t read for long without getting tired and the same goes for everything else requiring sharp eyesight. The eye doctor says a pair of glases might help but it can never make me see perfect or near perfect with the bad eye so it seems the eye doctor just want to make some money. Perhaps an eye patch is the best soulution for me, covering the bad eye. It also says in the bible that if a eye doesn’t serv you cut it out. Not that I am religious or anything but perhaps it is the best solution. But getting a job with an eyepatch might be difficult in this world. What do you think?

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