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Thursday, April 15, 2010

3D Movie Warnings omit those with Neurological Conditions

by Stuart ( as an opinion - not the part written by Stuart, rather my opinion of the 3D warning)

This early morning while watching the news, I listened to a story on the warning signs of watching 3D movies and 3D games. Listed were the symptoms that 3D can cause and they provided a list of 'persons' more susceptible to these warnings.

Omitted from the warning (shown below) are those with neurological conditions. I for one, weekly, suffer from many of the symptoms described below as this has nothing to do with watching anything in 3D except for real life.

Why are there no warnings for those neurologically impaired?

After reading what is found below, you may think aloud, and ask if you would consider 3D with many of the symptoms you may live- with. Why exacerbate these symptoms?

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Samsung Release 3D TV Health Information

4/14/2010 7:59 PM EST
There has been a new warning posted on the 3D site of Samsung Australia regarding 3D function available on 3D displays and Blu-ray players. The warning is aimed towards children, who are more susceptible to the side effects, as well as pregnant women, the elderly, persons suffering from serious medical conditions and sleep deprivation. It also states that people under the influence of alcohol are advised to avoid 3D altogether. Below is the full text from the site:


Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images.

Photosensitive seizure warning and other health risks

Some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to certain flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. If you suffer from, or have a family history of epilepsy or strokes, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.

Even those without a personal or family history of epilepsy or stroke may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures.

Pregnant women, the elderly, sufferers of serious medical conditions, those who are sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol should avoid utilising the unit's 3D functionality.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop viewing 3D pictures immediately and consult a medical specialist:

* Altered vision
* Lightheadedness
* Dizziness
* Involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching
* Confusion
* Nausea
* Convulsions
* Disorientation
* Cramps

Children and teenagers may be more likely than adults to experience these symptoms. Parents should monitor their children and ask whether they are experiencing these symptoms.

Viewing 3D television may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the potential of these effects. If your eyes show signs of fatigue or dryness or if you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume using it for at least thirty minutes after the symptoms have subsided.

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Cherie said...

I do not go to 3-D presentations due to balance and perception alteration and also have trouble reaclimating after wards for an hour or more.

The do list many of the symptoms that a person with MS may experience with 3-D so if you know these have been problems in the past, it is probably best to avoid this genre altogether.

Anonymous said...

If it causes all those side effects, why do they have it as an option? Stupid!

Mary E. said...

I think that persons with MS are included in the caution that is worded "sufferers of serious medical conditions" (I consider MS a serious medical condition).

Also, the statement "If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop viewing 3D pictures immediately" suggests to me that if you have any of those symptoms already (which I do) it's probably not a good idea to view 3D movies (at least it doesn't sound like a pleasant experience!).