3 health things you should know before watching 3D video content

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Now we know most of you are excited about 3D technology. Yes, it’s truly amazing and makes the conventional 2D pictures most of us are used to so 20th century.

A lot of flat screen TVs in Uganda coming out these days already have 3D picture support. However, you’ve most likely experienced 3D in the cinemas around town.

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To enjoy 3D you probably already know that you need a pair of 3D active glasses to view 3D video. If you’ve a 3D capable smart TV, they ship with the big screen. Samsung 3D LED Flat screen TV for instance come with a pair of 3D glasses for your viewing experience. If you go to the 3D cinemas in Uganda such as Cinema magic, or cineplex, Cinemax you’ll be availed with 3D glasses as well.

But before you get so taken up by the excitement, here are some basic things you need to know

#1. You might have dizziness or headaches

You may experience discomfort while viewing 3D content. You could have some dizziness, nausea and headaches sometimes. If you do experience these symptoms, the obvious thing to do is stop viewing, remove the 3D glasses and just take a break.

#2. You may have eye strain

Watching 3D images for an extended period of time my cause eye strain. Yes indeed, I’ve also experienced this especially the first time I was in the cinema. That’s because your eyes are adjusting from 2D images you are used to the new 3D experience. When you experience eye strain, you already guessed what to do – take off the glasses and rest.

#3. 3D glasses are for watching 3D content

3D glasses are for viewing purposes. Don’t take 3D glasses for sun glasses and they definitely shouldn’t replace your usual eye glasses. I can promise, you’ll have a rough time with your optician if you did. Don’t use these things while driving walking or running else you risk running on someone or something or tripping yourself.

Now it’s likely that some of you who frequent 3D cinemas probably no longer experience the symptoms. But should the kids at home or friend do, you know what  to do.

  • Joshua Ocero

    Typo in your first sentence

  • Peter C. Ndikuwera

    David, not all 3D TVs require active glasses. And the active ones tend to cause the dizziness & headaches more than the passive ones.

    Passive 3D is similar to what we see in the movie cinema halls – they use polarized lenses to send 2 different signals to each eye.

    Would be good for you to do a follow-up article highlighting the differences.