Nintendo 3DS could help uncover subtle vision disorders

Nintendo 3DS could help uncover subtle vision disorders

Summary: The Nintendo 3DS is already stirring up controversy about the glasses-free 3D display and the effect it might have on children's eyes. But maybe it's not so dangerous after all.

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It's not even available yet, and the Nintendo 3DS is already stirring up controversy about the glasses-free 3D display and the effect it might have on children's eyes. But maybe it's not so dangerous after all.

It could even be helpful, at least according to the American Optometric Association. The AOA asserts that "3D viewing may actually help uncover subtle disorders that, left uncorrected, often result in learning difficulties."

That isn't to say that playing a Nintendo 3DS and seeing how a child responds is in any way a replacement for formal eye exams. But it could help spot warning signs, such as discomfort, dizziness, or lack of depth.

Furthermore, while the AOA doesn't advise parents to just stick a Nintendo 3DS in front of all kids, the organization does help Nintendo out by stating that "children younger than 6 can use the 3DS in 3D mode if their visual system is developing normally."

This is surely going to become a bigger topic once the Nintendo 3DS launches in Japan next month, followed by Europe and the United States in March. Do you plan on buying a Nintendo 3DS?

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  • RE: Nintendo 3DS could help uncover subtle vision disorders

    I've always had "lazy eye", where my eyes don't focus on the same spot unless I force them to. If I had one of these when I was a kid, it might have actually helped me by forcing me to focus my eyes together.
    nfordtchrpub
  • i know sitting a hands length from the tv screen when i was a baby probably

    made my eyes go bad.
    so, how is this any different?

    :)
    .
    wessonjoe
  • RE: Nintendo 3DS could help uncover subtle vision disorders

    I've developed the opinion that children under 6 shouldn't be allowed near video games, anyway. Get them in the habit of going out, playing, imagining, creating their own entertainment, before handing them a box of spoon-fed entertainment.
    hiraghm@...
  • How do they know that the vision disturbance

    isnt caused by the damn thing in the first place?
    If a pre-existing visual condition does not affect individuals enough for them, or a standard test to detect it, is it a condition at all? Does it have to be amplified by abnormal practices before its recognised as a problem? Because all that tells me is to avoid the abnormal practices to treat the symptoms they cause, not to try and mitigate it by calling it a detection system.

    Speaking from personal experience, I cant use a 3DS, tried one in a local store and it was the most unpleasant experience I've had in a while. The stupid teenager behind the counter offered me this advice:
    'Oh, everyone says that. It takes time to get used to it.'
    OK, so if everyone has to adjust, then its forcing your eyes to do something they are not used to because its abnormal. And thats not really a good idea.
    Contrast this with glasses-based 3D, which does not hurt my eyes, and I think I'll pass on this 3D fad.

    Hey, I have an idea. I can tell you if you're going to have arthritis later in life, by hitting your fingers with a hammer. If it begins to make your joints sore after a while, then its likely you'll have arthritis later in life...
    SiO2