- Julieta Censini

Movies and Video Games in 3D affect children’s vision

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With development of technology, that is available to all nowadays, children are early exposed to this kind things inherent in modernity. So, many of us think that our children born with a chip of technology; it is as if they could understand all gadgets without operating instructions.

But the concern in this case is: Is it really good to expose children to technology in early ages? Well, Berkeley University has revealed a new study that warns parents to take precautions in some cases.

If you have a child under the age of 6 years, you should avoid your little watches movies in 3D or play video games with this technology.


Children under six year old has a vision that is still developing, so to expose to any kind of 3D content could cause visual problems, headache and fatigue.

The main visual problem is about convergence insufficiency, which is cause due to audience’s eyes need to adjust the distance of the big screen or video game in 3D constantly. This constant, repetitive and imperceptible activity causes blurred vision, eye fatigue, watery eyes and the terrible migraine.

A Spanish optometrist read the Berkeley’s study and said: “Children, those under 6 year old specially, have the difficulty to adjust their vision in 3D gadgets, and this could affect their vision severely. It is during that period of their lives, when this organ completes its development”.

Since 2010, some measures has been taking in Europe: When Nintendo released its 3D console, specialists in Spain warned parents avoid using 3D effects in their little children. Italy made something similar last year, when the National Health Agency suggested to restrict the use of 3D sunglasses in children.


Another countries continue adding to this warming and recently National Sanitary Agency in France alerted the parents by saying that children should not be exposed to the use of video games and movies in 3D because “the process to assimilate the effect of 3D requires eyes can see two different places at the same time, before brain transforms these imagines into one single moving picture.

As you are reading, this exercise for children’s eyes could be really dangerous, so take precautions.

Ideal toys
There are a lot of recommended toys according each age. Here some good leisure toys according to The American Academy of Pediatrics:

From 6 to 8 years of age

  • Balls
  • Trains
  • Quiz games
  • Pool table
  • Control remote toys
  • Table football
  • Practical experiment games

From 3 to 5 years of age

  • Skates
  • Tricycles
  • Bicycles
  • Kites
  • Articulated toys
  • Doll house
  • Dolls with accessories
  • First board games

From 2 to 3 years of age

  • Tricycles
  • Build tools
  • Musical instruments
  • Play dough
  • Phone toy

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