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3D Pictures Make You Ill

3D Pictures Make You Ill

Many of us suffer from mild to extreme discomfort after watching 3D content. More recently, these ill effects were further corroborated by online findings conducted by the American Association of Optometrists. Yes, experiencing 3D content may result in blurred vision, nausea and other health-related symptoms. Call it an open secret. For the money makers, this does not bode well for the entertainment industry who have been investing vast amounts of money in 3D tech. 

The Telegraph - As many as a quarter of people report eyestrain, blurred vision, dizziness, headaches or nausea after viewing 3D content, the American Association of Optometrists found via an online survey. Yet the entertainment industry is pouring billions into 3D, believing hit movies, such as James Cameron's 2009 hit Avatar, have demonstrated the public appetite for a more immersive experience. 3D films took £237m at the UK box office last year, 24 per cent of total revenues.

Essentially, stereoscopy works by hoodwinking the brain into perceiving 3D depth by combining images with two different perspectives. On the other hand, our eyes are designed to track and focus on approaching moving objects as well. Since 3D visuals aren't getting any closer technically, our brains have to work doubly hard to override the sensory impulse, which in turn, may cause queasiness at some level. If you'd like to know more, read up on the optometry findings here.  

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