According to optometrists, as many as one in four individuals either experience eyestrain – or worse, become dizzy or ill.
One study of 115 South Koreans found that viewing 3D close-up causes more eyestrain than 2D, reports Fox. This lead the South Korean government to recommend breaks every 15 minutes, which is what Nintendo is recommending for the 3DS.
Reports out of Japan state that players had difficulty viewing the 3D effect at a recent Nintendo event in Tokyo.
An unscientific survey by American Optometric Association concludes that 25 percent of Americans experience discomfort ranging from headaches to nausea due to 3D.
The human eye must work extra hard while viewing 3D, hence the eyestrain. This is anecdotal evidence, but one optometrist says those who become car sick easily will have problems with 3D.
Yet, despite this, Hollywood continues to make 3D films and the game industry continues to embrace 3D. Last year, Sony called 3D gaming the “most anticipated technology”.
Researchers are working on more realistic displays that should lessen these issues, but that those displays are years from hitting the mass market.
In the meantime, gamers can enjoy (?) 3D on their PS3, or soon, 3D-glasses-free gaming on the Nintendo 3DS.
3D Images Make Millions Sick, Yet Tech Companies Push On [Fox News][Pic: Getty]