Viewing 3D TV over two months produces no discernible effects on balance, coordination or eyesight

Jenny C.A. Read*, Alan Godfrey, Iwo Bohr, Jennifer Simonotto, Brook Galna, Tom V. Smulders

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With the rise in stereoscopic 3D media, there has been concern that viewing stereoscopic 3D (S3D) content could have long-term adverse effects, but little data are available. In the first study to address this, 28 households who did not currently own a 3D TV were given a new TV set, either S3D or 2D. The 116 members of these households all underwent tests of balance, coordination and eyesight, both before they received their new TV set, and after they had owned it for 2 months. We did not detect any changes which appeared to be associated with viewing 3D TV. We conclude that viewing 3D TV does not produce detectable effects on balance, coordination or eyesight over the timescale studied. Practitioner Summary: Concern has been expressed over possible long-term effects of stereoscopic 3D (S3D). We looked for any changes in vision, balance and coordination associated with normal home S3D TV viewing in the 2 months after first acquiring a 3D TV. We find no evidence of any changes over this timescale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1088
Number of pages16
Issue number8
Early online date13 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


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