“3D viewing may actually help uncover subtle disorders that, left uncorrected, often result in learning difficulties,” says the American Optometric Association. As explained in this press release, the eye strain and fatigue experienced when viewing 3D content “may be an important sign of undetected vision disorders.” And in regards to the recent whining about the Nintendo 3DS’s effects on vision:
> Nintendo has issued a warning that children under 6 should not use the 3DS in 3D mode. While studies on the effects of prolonged 3D viewing on young children remain to be done, leaning toward the side of caution is advisable in guiding children to use these devices in moderation.
…ah, what’s that? A balanced perspective? There’s no need for sensationalism, just a recommendation. It’s probably a good idea to not let children under 6 play the Nintendo 3DS. Simple.
**Update:** Even the New York Times has done a write-up. This is the highlight:
> “The fact you’d watch 3-D in a theater or a video game should have zero deleterious impact whatsoever,” said Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, a professor of pediatrics and ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis.
I still suspect this positive perspective won’t get nearly as much traction as the negative one though.