Vertigo & 3D Movies

September 29, 2015
Fox 5 News interview;
Dr. Mark Fromer was interviewed by Fox 5 News reporter on the effects of the 3D movie ‘The Walk’ on the viewers.
After this weekend’s press screening of the movie ‘The Walk” at the New York film festival, a number of audiences described, watching the 3D movie caused them vertigo* and they felt ill physically.
“The 3D effect will be felt when the brain successfully combines the shadow that is formed in both eyes. People who have problems in combining the shadows in both eyes, in general will experience symptoms while watching a 3D movie”.

Symptoms include headache, blurred vision, dizziness, and nausea. The type of disorder that causes such symptoms are as follows:
1. Amblyopia or lazy eye, which occurs when the ability to see in both eyes are not balanced.
2. Strabismus or crossed eyes, is when eye movement cannot sync or be in rhythm.
3. Convergence insufficiency or inability of the eye to focus on one point at a certain distance.
The three types of disorders are often not realized although it can be treated.

*Vertigo is when a person feels like they are moving when they are not. Often it feels like a spinning or swaying movement. There may be associated nausea, vomiting, sweating, or difficulties walking. It typically worsens when the head is moved. Vertigo is the most common type of dizziness.

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