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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy Matters a Lot for Stereoscopic 3D Use

April 29th, 2011 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

There are two food supplements that are very important for the proper eye functioning and may help when talking about watching stereo 3D content without issues, these are Vitamin A and Litein. The lack of these two things in your daily diet can lead to reduced vision, light sensitivity and so on, however you should also be careful not to take too much additional Vitamin A, as there might be some side effects. So it is bet to consult with your doctor before starting to take additional food supplements in the form of Vitamin A and Lutein.

Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eye in the form of a specific metabolite, the light-absorbing molecule retinal, that is absolutely necessary for both low-light and color vision. Deficiency of vitamin A, due to the unique function of retinal as a visual chromophore, can lead to the appearance of problems such as impaired vision, particularly in reduced light also called night blindness. Excessive vitamin A consumption can however lead to nausea, irritability, anorexia (reduced appetite), vomiting, blurry vision, headaches, hair loss, muscle and abdominal pain and weakness, drowsiness, and altered mental status.

Lutein as a food supplement is another thing that is important for proper eye function and additional protection. Lutein was found to be concentrated in the macula, a small area of the retina responsible for central vision. Studies suggest that intake of Lutein can decreases the risk for eye diseases such as Age-related Macular Degeneration as well as bring improvement in visual performance and decrease in glare sensitivity. While no recommended daily allowance currently exists for Lutein, positive effects have been seen at dietary intake levels of 6–10 mg/day. The only definitive side effect of excess Lutein consumption is bronzing of the skin.

But why are Vitamin A and Litein important for stereo 3D? The reason is simple, at least when talking about stereoscopic 3D content that you watch with glasses – active or passive, as these tend to block some light and reduce the light reaching each eye. Furthermore 3D hardware manufacturers do recommend that you use your 3D monitor or 3D HDTV is a darkened room with no additional light sources, so light sensitivity is even more important. In movie theaters when watching a 3D movie you are also wearing glasses that reduce the light reaching your eyes and the theater itself is kept pretty dark. You should also consider the possibility that the next time you watch something in 3D and you get nausea or a headache that you just may be taking too much vitamin A and the 3D is not causing this… ;)

It is important to keep your eyes healthy and in good condition, so do have in mind the information above as a reference and something to think about at least, but do not do stupid things taking food supplements before consulting with a doctor! If you are having trouble perceiving stereoscopic 3D content, getting headaches or any other trouble it is a good idea to visit a specialist and do a check up of your eyes, it is quite often that the reason are issues with your own vision and not with the 3D content itself!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Real DR // Apr 30, 2011 at 20:44

    Or how about eating healthy and stop using those pills which is untested for the long term and full of side effects? our body does not absorb those pills very well and the portions are too high in a short time compared to natural food but marketing and business will always try to sell those pills to you.

    Natural food is healthy, no side effects, make us look better shape wise and taste good, less cheeseburger and more fruits please !

  • 2 callinguonit // Sep 28, 2011 at 19:12

    This article is a lot of BS.

    You seriously expect people to believe that vitamin supliments are necessary for 3D.. or that they should even be considered for this purpose.

    WHO ARE YOU????

    For general eye health MAYBE (although it’s only be necessary if you subside on a less than healthy diet).. but to try to link it to 3D use as well???


  • 3 Bloody // Sep 28, 2011 at 22:00

    It is all for keeping your eyes healthy in order not to have problem perceiving 3D, as if you have some problems with your eyes – need glasses, have trouble seeing details in dark etc. you will have trouble when watching stereoscopic 3D content… it is as simple as that! Nowadays it isn’t that easy to always have enough healthy food and have all the needed vitamins etc. and it is important to keep your eyes healthy and in top condition and that goes not only for watching S3D content. And in such cases the specific food supplements mentioned above (not medicine) may be able to help, and if not improve things at least not let them get in worse condition…

  • 4 André // Oct 24, 2011 at 22:19

    I second the idea of promoting diet awareness as a means to better 3d vision. Eating well should definitely be a priority in achieving maximum performance from our most important piece of hardware, our own body. One issue I find worth adding is that supplements should always be treated as excactly what it means, “supplementary to regular food”. Keeping a diet containing minimally refined food seems to keep at least my health at an optimal state of perceiving and enduring 3d imagery.

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