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Daily Q&A: What are the effects of 3-D technology on children's eyesight?

With the expected increase in 3-D games, what can you tell me about the effects of 3-D digital products children's eyesight?

First, there are no conclusive studies on the short or long-term effects of 3-D digital products on eye and visual development, health or function in children, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

In response to a recent statement by Nintendo and other 3-D device companies, the academy issued a statement regarding its assessment of risk.

The academy noted that development of "normal 3-D vision in children is stimulated as they use their eyes in day-to-day social and natural environments, and this development is largely complete by age 3 years."

Some children who have eye conditions might have difficulty viewing 3-D images. If a healthy child consistently develops headaches or tired eyes or cannot clearly see the images when using 3-D products, this may indicate a vision or eye disorder and you should contact an eye doctor.

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Daily Q&A: What are the effects of 3-D technology on children's eyesight? 01/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 6:23pm]
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