Can New Nintendo Game 3D Graphics Damage Children’s Eyes?

February 1, 2011

The handheld Nintendo game DS is about to get an upgrade, featuring 3D graphics without the need for special 3D glasses.

However, the makers have posted a warning on their Japanese-language website saying that the game may have, “a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”  They explain that for children under 6, “the neural processing that underlies eyesight is still developing,” and that all 3D video systems could hinder proper development.  They did note that the device can switch to 2D for younger players.

In addition, for the first time the makers suggest a limit on playtime of 30 minutes for older children and adults, to allow the eyes to rest.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) states that there is no conclusive evidence as to the detrimental affect of 3D viewing on eye development, but does suggest a visit to the ophthalmologist if viewing game consoles causes frequent headaches or tired eyes, as has been reported.

The 3DS will be released in US stores on March 27, 2011.  For more details, click here.

Risa Schulman, PhD
Expert, Healthy Food and Dietary Supplement Science and Marketing




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