Eye expert: Watching 3D for “an hour-and-a-half” is “the maximum”

VG247: A UK optometrist has told VG247 that prolonged 3D use is a “worry,” following the updating of PS3’s terms and conditions yesterday to warn against “eye-strain, eye-fatigue or nausea” when viewing the technology.

James Sutton, eye specialist and MD of British eye health company Butterflies Healthcare, said that watching 3D content over extended periods – when playing a game, for example – would cause people to work their eyes far beyond the “maximum” time experienced when seeing a movie...

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XxSolid SnakexX2745d ago

That sucks BIG TIME how am I supposed to watch a 2 hour long movie or play games for a long period of time I'm really disappointed I hope this doesn't go for 3DS as well.

Seijoru2745d ago

They say not to play regular videogames more than an hour at a time and you believe this shit?

XxSolid SnakexX2745d ago

What is there not to believe they are basically saying if you use 3D for an 1.5 hr straight without taking any breaks you will mess up your eyes.

Fishy Fingers2745d ago

Dude, how long have you been staring at your monitor? I bet it's much longer than any optometrist would recommend.

Hideo_Kojima2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Go and open the first page of any PS2/PS3 video game instructions manual you have...

Read the...

"Always play in a well lit environment. Take regular breaks, 15 minutes every hour. Discontinue playing if you experience dizziness, nausea, fatigue or have a headache. Some individuals are sensitive to flashing or flickering lights or geometric shapes and patterns, may have an undetected epileptic condition man may experience epileptic seizures when watching television or playing videogames."

Basically they say you shouldn't play for more than 45 minutes because its unhealthy. All of us Hardcore gamers who have been playing games sometimes for 4 hours straight have totally raped this Health Hazard in the ass why not do it in 3D?

OSU_Gamer2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Go to Best Buy and try the 3D TV and glasses they have set up there. After 15 minutes come back and tell me if your head and eyes don't feel strained, if you say they don't then you are a liar.

A week ago I tried it and within 15 minutes my head and eyes hurt.

Stop blowing off articles like this because 3D is for the beloved PS3. I would love to use 3D on my PS3, but if that's how I feel after using it, then you can forget it.

Fishy Fingers2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

I watched one for well over an hour with no problems. Guess I'm a lair then. Because well, everyones eyes are the same right? Which begs the question why we need optometrists in the first place huh...

If your suffering eye strain after 15 minutes, obviously you shouldnt persist with it, but you know, everyone is different.

OSU_Gamer2745d ago

i play video games a lot (too much), and I can honestly say I have never had my eye strain as much as as they did after 15 minutes of watching 3D.

Hideo_Kojima2745d ago

I don't care about 3D because PS3 can do 3D.

I support anything in gaming that pushes technology forward. I believe it is needed in the gaming industry just like how I believe we need to develop VR glasses and better motion controls so that in a few decades we can have games that make you think your really inside the game.

I don't want to be gaming in 30 years with my 2D tv and the same old gamepad in my hands.

When I first found out about cross eyed 3D my eyes hurt whenever I did it but now I can easily watch clips on youtube like that without feeling any eye strain.

PS - Some people felt sick when they saw Avatar others didn't

IdleLeeSiuLung2745d ago

I definitely feel eye strain after a 3D movie, so will use caution and let others be the guinea pig.

The effects of 3D is still uncharted territory. Could be something, could be nothing, but I'm not risking my already frail eyeballs!

Lord_Doggington2745d ago

Seriously, right? Why would you even risk it if there has been no long term studies, cases of nausea, and disorientation.

I don't think it's worth the risk. Seriously, there's nothing wrong with playing in 2D.

darthv722745d ago

i have seen my fair share of imax movies without issue but my wife has problems. She wears contacts and i have seen many who wear them have to take one out (or both in some cases) in order to deal with the eye variances from the glasses/screen.

Gee, it is going to suck for her when I get the glasses for our plasma.

IdleLeeSiuLung2745d ago

but fear not... Obama has free healthcare for early adopters that are affected!

ThanatosDMC2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Well, they also said to take 15 minute breaks per hour when gaming... like we've ever done that.

But each person is different after all...

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Megaton2745d ago

It's not quite the same thing. Staring at monitors and screens all day is not good for you, but staring at them in 3D can actually harm you. Your eyes are being manipulated and tricked into seeing the 3D effects. It's not uncommon for people to leave dizzy and disoriented as their eyes adjust from just seeing a 3D movie.

I think when this stuff starts coming out and people start marathon gaming in 3D, you're gonna see some problems being reported in droves. I just do not think this stuff was meant to be used in more than short bursts (hour or two per sitting).

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SOAD2745d ago

Young people are reckless. I also play video games for more than the recommended amount of time. I have a feeling that it will catch up with me in the future.

People should listen to these warnings.

handheldwars2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

I am playing Monster Hunter Tri! and I've already played 57 hours in 1 or 2 days... Come to think of it I don't know what day it is :o)

nycredude2745d ago

If we listen to all these retarded warnings life wouldn't be worth living, seriously.

The Great Melon2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )


57 hours / 2 days = 28.5 hr/day

Impressive, I wish I was able to squeeze in an extra 4.5 hours in a day. That could be useful.

ThanatosDMC2745d ago

^It shows how screwed up his mind is... i wouldnt be surprised if he's collecting herbs, mushrooms, and dung if he goes out the house. He might even carve out roadkills and hunt stray animals to make an armor.... hahaha!

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Anon19742745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

I'm tired of all the speculation about the hazards of 3D and I find it hard to believe that since steroscopic 3D first came out in the 50's that no one has done any testing to see if this type of 3D can have unacceptable, adverse effects.

So where are the studies already. Doctors issue health warnings daily about the dangers of breathing - where's the research? I find it a little hard to believe that one eye simply seeing a different image from the other eye is going to cause any issues.

It's just like when computers started to become popular. You couldn't throw a rock without hitting an optometrist wringing his hands about the dangers of prolonged computer use. Whenever a technology becomes popular you'll find fear mongers clucking like disapproving hens about how we're all taking our lives into our own hands.

Let's see some actual studies, not some unknown eye-doctor's opinion on something he's never actually seen before. We know 3D can cause eye strain and motion sickness in some. That's nothing new. Playing video games in general causes the above symptoms in many. What are the real risks, if any, with 3D?

mantisimo2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Yeah that's right here in the UK we all go to Butterflies healthcare for our ocular needs. Im a pretty aware British citizen who has honestly never heard of these wonderful healthcare professionals.

Edit: found them they sell supplements.

Edit2: @ nycredude below. Yes its called ignoreyes where you just play and enjoy while others keep moaning and pretending they get eye strain.

They probably also sit at the bus stop drink a tin of shandy (half beer half lemonade) and start giggling with their friends that they are drunk.

nycredude2745d ago

They wouldn't by any chance have a supplement to help with dizziness and adverse reactions suffered by watching 3d content for too long do they?

Fishy Fingers2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

I must be one of the lucky ones then, Avatar is like 3 hours, had no problems what so ever and I saw it a fair few times.

I'm not to bothered by it at all, I remember people saying prolonged use of a standard TV was bad for your eyes, or at least in poor light, never had problems there either. Being an optometrist he's bound to be overly cautious.

SOAD2745d ago

He's overly well-informed of the effects.

Mothers are overly cautious.

MariaHelFutura2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Being an Optometrist he has his own personal interest in this, which could be recognition like he`s getting right now.

Mothers are not interested in recognition and fame. excluding Octomom. LOL.

Non_sequitur2745d ago

The complications aren't even permanent or serious. Amusement parks make money off of people wanting to experience those symptoms, and amusement parks deliver; this 3D tech has yet to make me or anyone I know dizzy, have eye strain, and nausea. Concerning children under 7, how many 7 yr old kids do you know who can play a video game for more than an hr without wanting to do something else?

nycredude2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

All of these retarded doctors are overly cautious. I've had many, many experiences with doctors due to various ailments suffered by family members over the years and the one thing I learned is that they know just about as much as you do. They just read more. I brought my wife to her eye doctor and they tried to tell me I need glasses after their results came back that i have 20/25 and see perfectly clearly.

Beside, I've watched plenty of 3d movies over the last year or so (all of which are over 1:30 hours long) and I've not an issue yet.

I am sure there are some long term effects here to be found later down the road but the same can be said for watching too much tv, staring at your computer for to long, using mouse and keyboard at work, jerking off too much causes tendinitis, eating too much bacon, and my favorite prolonged use of N4g will make you stupider, etc.

Life is too short, enjoy it while you can.

Edit: Bacon is also my weakness. Jury is still out on the watching too much tv and computer but I can confirm tendinitis from masturbating ;) and I definitely feel stupider since joining N4g! :(

Fishy Fingers2745d ago

I love the too much bacon one, that's cancer for me then :(

But I aint giving up my bacon!!

Shadowstar2745d ago

Optometrist != Ophthalmologist.

The guy's not even a doctor.

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Dannehkins2745d ago

Let's all be serious here, who hasn't done a 3+ hour gaming session? That would, according to the experts, be VERY BAD FOR YOUR EYES! It would be very naughty indeed. But alas, here I am and my eyes are fine.

I am sure we'll all be fine...

wazzim2745d ago

you just have to take a 15min brake after a hour or so, make a sandwich or whatever and go playing again.

mantisimo2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Dude I bet you look like Eric Cartman, playing games for hours and hours at a time and every so often shouting "Muuuuuerrrrmmm I need more cheesy puuufffs"

Lord_Doggington2745d ago (Edited 2745d ago )

Yes, but how about 3 hours of gaming in 3D. Fewer people have had adverse experiences in 2D then 3D. 3D gaming for 3+ hours? Why not 3D gaming in a pitch black room with strobes going and then staring at the sun when you're finished...

If people are reportedly having problems in a 3D environment after just a short 1.5 hours, subjecting your eyes to this daily for more then 3 hours a day will most certainly cause the number of people having problems to go up.

It's your eyes. It's not worth the risk until we either have a safe alternative or a significant amount of 3rd party research stating that long-term exposure poses no significant threat to your vision.

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