Can 3D Movies Help Diagnose Eye Problems?

You paid the extra money to see the 3D movie you’ve been waiting to see for the last year. You have the glasses the theater provides you with. The loud blast of music echoes through the theater, and the first image appears. It’s blurry. The image in front of you is blurry. You turn to your friend, “Is that blurry to you? I think there’s something wrong with these glasses.” She lets you use hers just to see. Still blurry. “Mine’s not blurry,” she says. “There must be something wrong with your eyes.”

3D movies require both of your eyes to work to process the images on the screen. If you watch a 3D movie and the images are blurry, it might be an indication that you do have an eye issue. In order to properly see the images, both eyes need to have clear vision. Your eyes also need to be able to coordinate with each other, adjusting to images moving near and far. In some cases, you may be able to see the images clearly, but you find yourself getting dizzy or sick. In this case, your eyes are not working together properly. Even if you have never had problems with vision before, if you have problems viewing a 3D movie there might be underlying issues of eye alignment or muscle function.

But don’t let that movie-going experience get you down about 3D images. It can actually be a helpful tool that allows you to correct a problem you may have been unaware of. A simple step, like using glasses or contact lenses to correct the problem, can make sure that the next 3D movie you go to see is one that you see clearly.

So the next time you go to a 3D movie, think about how the 3D makes you feel. If you have trouble seeing clearly or leave completely dizzy, contact Palm Beach Eye Center for an appointment to receive an examination.