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Don’t Blame Everything on the 3D, Go Check Your Eyes First

July 20th, 2012 · 3 Comments · General 3D News


Having problems with your eyes can cause problems with properly perceiving 3D and that is a well known thing among people that are either working in producing stereoscopic 3D content or among enthusiasts that are a lot more into the technology than most other people. However a lot of the moviegoers and users that are interested in stereoscopic 3D photography or 3D videography, even stereoscopic 3D gaming may not be aware of that. In fact people having problem with 3D technology, not being able to perceive the full effect or even at all, or feeling negative side effects of watching 3D content such as nausea or headaches can often suffer from some sort of an eye condition that causes the problem. It is possible that the condition may also affect their normal stereoscopic vision, but these people may not be aware of that, though you should not forget that there are other possible causes like badly done 3D that give you bad experiences when watching stereoscopic 3D content. Problems with properly perceiving stereoscopic 3D content can be a good sign that something may be wrong with your eyes and you may not even be aware of that, thinking that what you see is actually what you are supposed to. So next time when you go and watch a 3D movie with friends or family try talking with them how they’ve experienced the 3D effects in it and compare to what you’ve seen…

The issue of experiencing 3D not the way that it is meant to by people with vision problems has also been covered by Barry Sandrew from Legend 3D in his personal blog and I’ve mentioned that here. The good news is that at least some of the people suffering from different eye conditions can go trough Vision Therapy in order to be able to properly perceive 3D in the real world as well as in 3D movies and other stereoscopic 3D content. A good example for that is the personal experience shared by the neuroscientist Dr. Sue Barry in her book called Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensionsk. Another more recent example is Shelli Welter from Minneapolis, who started vision therapy in order to restore her proper stereoscopic 3D vision and be able to enjoy 3D movies they way they were meant to be. And she went further by creating a blog dedicated to her therapy and documenting how it goes step by step. Hopefully this will encourage other people with vision problems, first to find out about them, regardless of their age, and then to go ahead and do something in order to resolve them. And here is a simple and easy Depth Perception Test in order to check if you have fully functional stereoscopic vision or something may be wrong with your depth perception. But even if you pass this simple test this does not mean you may not have an eye condition that can cause problems for your proper stereoscopic 3D vision.

Visit Shelli Welter’s blog for following her experiences on the way of fixing her vision…

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Petri // Jul 21, 2012 at 02:11

    It’s all well and good to talk about this – in theory. Try suggesting to someone who’s strongly anti-3D that they might suffer from an eye condition and see what happens.

    Being quite pro-3D myself I find myself in these arguments where the other person gives a bewildering list of ailments “definitely” caused by 3D, from eyeaches and headaches to nausea and vomiting, and when I very politely suggest that all their problems may be caused by an eye condition the reply is always the same: “There’s nothing wrong with my eyes, it’s because 3D’s crap and **** you.”

    And it doesn’t matter to the other person when I explain that I know loads of people, myself included, who can watch 6 hours of 3D in one sitting without any adverse effects. *sigh*

  • 2 Bloody // Jul 21, 2012 at 11:43

    The reaction you usually get when you suggest that someone may have problems with his eyes, after watching a 3D movie together, and that person starts complaining from the 3D effect can vary a lot. And you are right that most of the time the response is a bit aggressive, like you are telling a bad news to someone and that person simply is not willing to believe what you are saying. After all it is for their own good… it might turn out that everything is fine with their vision, but then again some sort of an issue might as well be discovered and that issue can be affecting their everyday life as well, not only when watching 3D movies. I’ve even heard responses like: “I know I have an eye condition that cannot be fixed, but it is not affecting my 3D vision and the 3D in the movie still sucked.”

  • 3 Stanley Sewell // Jan 28, 2013 at 01:33

    It would be very beneficial for us to have a regular eye check up because we use our eyes everyday and nowadays, because of technology, eyes are abused due to computer usage and watching some televisions. We should not blame on anything because we cannot perceive things well, despite we should blame our selves for not giving more importance to our body.

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