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3DS could help optometrists find vision disorders in young children

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Mar 2011 11:12 User comments (3)

3DS could help optometrists find vision disorders in young children Despite the warning on every Nintendo 3DS that it shouldn't be used by any child under the age of 6, optometrists in the U.S are saying that it won't actually harm their vision, and young children should try out the 3D screen as it could help the doctors find vision disorders that must be caught early to treat.
Says Michael Duenas, associate director for health sciences and policy for the American Optometric Association:

The 3DS could be a godsend for identifying kids under 6 who need vision therapy.

Nintendo's latest handheld is on sale in Japan and will hit the U.S. next Sunday with a $250 price tag.

The handheld can display 3D images without the need for special glasses, and can take 3D pictures.

If a child under 6 cannot see the 3D effect, it is a clear sign that they may have amblyopia (lazy eye) or other vision disorders, says the AOA.

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3 user comments

120.3.2011 07:26

Considering that you can get a PSP for less than 1/2 the price, this is the only good use for a 3DS that I know of.

220.3.2011 10:48

Nintendo 3Ds clinically proven to fix your kids vision

329.3.2011 14:13

I don't get this.. I mean, for most adults, like grandma or uncle Joe, they have hard time understand what 3D images are... So you're saying kids under 6 can tell you trustfully they can see the 3D images or not? I tried the 3DS in Gamestop the other day and I couldn't see the 3D images most of the time, but I have no problem with 3D movies...


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