Are you experiencing the full effect?

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – It's summer time and many blockbuster movies are coming to theaters, some of which you may see in 3D, but what if you don't experience the full effect?

"I wasn't enjoying my movie as much as the kids enjoyed theirs," said Jodie Doucet.

Doucet began experiencing some discomfort while watching a 3D movie with her children.  Both of her eyes coordinate together, which is necessary to see 3D images, but her pair were over stimulated. However for others, that may not be the case.

Dr. Keith Menard, with the Menard Eye Center stated, "What's all the hype about? They don't see what everyone else is seeing. It really is about one to three percent of the population that just cannot or will not be able to see 3D vision."

Viewing in 3D can unveil a number of issues such as lazy eye or a small vision misalignment, but it could also expose a larger problem like a disease. An optometrist may provide a 3D test to make sure there isn't a problem with a patient's eyes. If the images pop out, the patient has good depth perception, if they don't there could be problem.

Menard stated "Most of the time, to get someone to see better, and more functionally, and less symptoms, it's just some very simple things."

A patient may be given some take home activities to improve depth perception.

As for whether or not Doucet will see anymore 3D movies with her kids, she stated, "Yes I will, if they want to see a certain one, I'll bring them."

Dr. Menard also says vision problems can be detected early. He recommends children between six to twelve months old be examined.

You can contact the Menard Eye Center at 478-4733.

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