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Norwegian boy cross-eyed after watching 3D movie

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Nov 2011 2:46 User comments (5)

Norwegian boy cross-eyed after watching 3D movie Shocked cinema manager considers warning cinema-goers about possible effects of watching 3D movies.
Julian Mathisen, from Honningsvag in Norway, came down with some bizarre symptoms after returning home from a movie theatre. The six year old appeared cross-eyed to his stunned father, and also complained of double-vision, headaches and nausea.

"After he came home from the movie I saw that there was something strange about his eyes," his father said. "One eye squinted, and he complained that he saw double."

Julian saw doctors and opticians following the ordeal, and they agree that the boy must have had a latent visual defect all along that was triggered by the 3D images on screen.

"You can get different kinds of ailments from this. Julian's case is extreme. However, diplopia, migraine, nausea and discomfort may occur," said Hans Torvald Haugo, Chief Advisor for the Norwegian Opticians Association.

Julian now must wear a patch on his eye, and the hope is that the condition will improve, though the Norwegian media reports suggest that he has not gotten better 14 days after the cinema visit. If he continues to experience the symptoms, he may face surgery to correct it.

"I am very uncomfortable with that we do not know about possible harmful effects of 3D movies," said cinema manager Edelh Ingebrigtsen. "I do not like to be involved in selling a product linked to such uncertainty."

- Information and direct quotes translated from Norwegian sources. (nrk.no)

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124.11.2011 5:36

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"I am very uncomfortable with that we do not know about possible harmful effects of 3D movies," said cinema manager Edelh Ingebrigtsen. "I do not like to be involved in selling a product linked to such uncertainty."
The only issue with that is that we DO know the harmful effects of 3D...that is why they recommend that you don't watch it for more than 30 minutes at a time. In spite of this, people routinely watch entire movies in a single sitting, especially in the theater where they don't take eye breaks. This makes money and it isn't illegal, so they do it...who cares about the public?


224.11.2011 8:12

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
"I am very uncomfortable with that we do not know about possible harmful effects of 3D movies," said cinema manager Edelh Ingebrigtsen. "I do not like to be involved in selling a product linked to such uncertainty."
The only issue with that is that we DO know the harmful effects of 3D...that is why they recommend that you don't watch it for more than 30 minutes at a time. In spite of this, people routinely watch entire movies in a single sitting, especially in the theater where they don't take eye breaks. This makes money and it isn't illegal, so they do it...who cares about the public?
oh the irony , i have a HTC EVO 3D , but to tell truth my eyes are used to seeing 3D and im relaxed when im watching it. This might have been the first time the young boy has watch 3D . It probably varies on person to person.

324.11.2011 9:02

I tried taking my children to a 3D movie once and I'll never make that mistake again, when they are old enough to go to the movies themselves they can decide then about wanting to see it 3D or now. Yes the effects varies in everyone, the brain needs to be able to acknowledge a complete different level of input from your eyes to take it all in, some can handle it just fine, most people can't tho. The best way to protect your kids is to wait until their eyes had a chance to fully develop.

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424.11.2011 10:24

Originally posted by Mysttic:
I tried taking my children to a 3D movie once and I'll never make that mistake again, when they are old enough to go to the movies themselves they can decide then about wanting to see it 3D or now. Yes the effects varies in everyone, the brain needs to be able to acknowledge a complete different level of input from your eyes to take it all in, some can handle it just fine, most people can't tho. The best way to protect your kids is to wait until their eyes had a chance to fully develop.
That is the logical thing to do, but the fact is that most parents really don't care about the health and safety of their children. They pump them full of untested chemicals rather than talking to them, and then they take them to see the latest 3D Disney movie rather than playing catch.


525.11.2011 5:57

I bet he owns 3ds as well, just can't blame just the movies.

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