3D is here to stay. Today’s 3D is not the blurry, underwhelming 3D of the 70’s. The 3D filming process has improved significantly and Hollywood is taking notice. The jury is still out on whether the investment in 3D is paying off for theaters and production studios. However, as we watch the last Star Wars movie break every revenue record in the books, we have to acknowledge that many of the scenes were specifically designed for 3D.
The reemergence of 3D in the marketplace has generated another kind of awareness for thousands of people paying the extra money with expectations of a more exciting experience. Many of those individuals are left wandering what all the fuss is about. Studies have shown that approximately 1 out of 4 people have a binocular vision disorder. A large percentage of those individuals may have such a reduction in binocular vision that they are unable to appreciate the disparity presented to the two eyes in a 3D film. This phenomenon can lead to the film simply looking blurry or even causing eyestrain and headaches.
There are a wide range of reasons why someone would not be able to appreciate 3D, but all of the reasons suggest there is an innate problem with the message each eye is sending to the brain. The American Optometric Association (AOA) has recognized the developing trend in 3D films, home 3D television sets and even 3D handheld gaming platforms, as a way to identify previously undetected vision problems.
The AOA has devoted significant resources to educate the public on the phenomenon of 3 dimensional vision. You can visit their website specifically developed to answer your questions at www.3deyehealth.org. Obviously, if you are in the Mid-Missouri area and notice you, or your children, are experiencing symptoms while viewing 3D, do not hesitate to contact our office to set an appointment. Discovering such problems at an early age can prevent significant eye problems later in life.