Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Play that 3-D video game

Nintendo said several days ago that children under 6 should not look at the 3-D screen on its new 3DS handheld device because it could harm eye development.

The admonition raised skepticism and eyebrows among a group that knows a lot about eye development: eye doctors. ...

“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.

Dr. Tychsen is in an unusual position to understand the impact of 3-D imagery on vision – at least in monkeys. In an experiment at his research clinic, baby Rhesus monkeys wear 3-D glasses and watch a screen throughout the day for three months...

The research, he said, shows that vision of monkeys wearing 3-D glasses develops no differently than for those not wearing the devices. ...

[Dr. David Granet, a pediatric ohpthalmologist at the University of California at San Diego and chair-elect of the ophthalmology section of the American Academy of Pediatrics] added: “I don’t think that parents need to worry about kids playing video games, 3-D or otherwise, from a vision perspective. The bigger question for parents is: Do you really want your 3-year-old playing a video game?”
--Matt Richtel, NYT, on 3-D images' risk for kids

No comments: