19.01.2011

AAO responds to Nintendo 3DS warning

AAO responds to Nintendo 3DS warning

By Alexa Kaczka

A leading vision organisation has responded to a warning issued by the videogame manufacturer Nintendo about its latest handheld console, which allows users to view 3D images without the need for special glasses.

The Japanese company's 3DS goes on sale in a few weeks and prior to its release the company warned parents not to allow children under the age of six to play on the device and view its 3D images for prolonged periods of time.

However, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, there is currently no proof that 3D images can damage or hamper children's eye development.

According to the AAO, most children's 3D perception is developed by three years old, and only those with existing eye conditions may be at risk from viewing 3D images for lengthy periods of time.

"Children who have eye conditions such as amblyopia [an imbalance in visual strength between the two eyes], strabismus [misaligned eyes] or other conditions that persistently inhibit focusing, depth perception or normal 3D vision, would have difficulty seeing digital 3D images," the AAO stated.

Nintendo has chosen to issue the warning as a precaution, however, despite admitting that the recommendations may affect sales of the handheld device.

by Alexa Kaczka


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