Revisiting the safety and dangers of 3-D televisions
NAPLES, Fla. - For many in Southwest Florida, 3-D televisions are on the wish list this holiday season.
At stories like Best Buy, 3-D televisions are flying off store shelves across the country.
Since 3D televisions and movies hit the market, there has been controversy surrounding what they might be doing to your eyes and your body.
"Because each eye gets it separately, the brain is able to put that together and you're able to get a sense of depth," said Dr. Thomas Judd, optometrists for Franz Eyecare in Ft. Myers.
Years after the first televisions hit the market; doctors armed with new research know a little bit more and still not enough about them.
"The things that haven't been studied successfully is the impact on kids."
Studies show it that they may hamper a child's ability to develop good eyesight.
In addition, people with motion sickness and heavy drinkers could put themselves at risk of injury after watching 3D movies and television, according to Dr. Judd.
"Sometimes after you've spent a lot of time watching those movies on televisions, you just don't move that well after doing that."
But believe it or not, this new technology has proved to be a blessing in disguise for people many people.
"After a long movie that you may have watch, that really causes undue strain on the eye."
Many eye doctors now see a flood of patients who discovered they had previously undiagnosed eye problems after watching 3D TV or movie.
"Things that we do in an over stimulus way can really affect the way that they develop long term."
The American Optometrist Association even posted a resource on its website for those who experience difficulty watching 3-D televisions or movies.