Ok, can the 3D slider really hurt a child's vision?

#1SpiegaPosted 1/15/2013 3:17:12 PM
My niece came to play with me, and she's only 5 years old. I gave her my 3DS to play with while I was watching TV, and she played it for almost an hour and a half with the 3D slider turned up all the way. Then she started tugging on my shirt to tell me she felt a little dizzy, and i could see her eyes were getting a little bit red and watery. So I gave her some water to drink and just put her in bed to take a nap, but I'm a little worried now. Did the console hurt her eye sight?
#2Voker13Posted 1/15/2013 3:27:08 PM
Yes, the 3D effect is meant for ages 7+. I let my nephew play my 3DS when I visit him and he is 7 years old and even then I only let him play with the 3D on the lowest-mid level and for only a short period of time, 30 min max. The 3D effect can really strain the human eyes even more so on a child. Next time don't let your niece play with the 3D effect let alone on full blast, she is only 5 years old...
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#3martinkacaPosted 1/15/2013 3:27:18 PM
Well the 3D feature clearly states that it shouldn't be used by young children but it shouldn't cause any lasting effects. Just make sure she plays with it off next time.
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#4GreenSF49Posted 1/15/2013 4:18:17 PM
She could play it at full blast, she just needs adult supervision.

Simple as that!
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#5CHOVI3Posted 1/15/2013 4:20:09 PM
Don't worry dude (or dudette). It's been stated multiple times that it doesn't damage the eyes, they just put the restriction to avoid lawsuits and stuff like that.
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#6SamanthaThresaPosted 1/15/2013 4:25:26 PM
If you're worried about the 3D you can change it in the settings so that it will always be turned off no matter what position the slider is on.
#7pikachupwnagePosted 1/15/2013 4:27:51 PM
CHOVI3 posted...
Don't worry dude (or dudette). It's been stated multiple times that it doesn't damage the eyes, they just put the restriction to avoid lawsuits and stuff like that.

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#8HalecticPosted 1/15/2013 4:28:53 PM
Actually as the eyes develop certain images and whatnot can cause the eye to develop differently
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#9Omni PotentPosted 1/15/2013 4:41:33 PM
Blindness incoming.
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#10ValteroPosted 1/15/2013 5:35:29 PM
CHOVI3 posted...
Don't worry dude (or dudette). It's been stated multiple times that it doesn't damage the eyes, they just put the restriction to avoid lawsuits and stuff like that.


Except that it actually CAN cause long-term damage if a child under the age of 6 plays it a lot. It's not just an arbitrary warning, it's a legitimate risk. Their eyes are still developing.

TC, just tell your kid if she wants to play she needs to keep the 3D feature off till she's a little older.

But really, a lot of things cause damage to eyesight. The 3DS is just a brand new form of eye-damaging interface. Extended reading in dim light or text that is too small, overexposure to computer screens, small video games or just video games in general, anything that makes the eyes work harder can potentially damage one's eyes. It's been proven again and again. The risk is higher in small kids because their eyes are still developing. Hence the warning.