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View Poll Results: Do You Suffer From 3D Sickness?
Never 181 50.00%
Always 55 15.19%
Sometimes, depending on the program 67 18.51%
Sometimes, depending on where I sit 7 1.93%
Only with active-shutter glasses, not passive glasses 31 8.56%
Only with passive glasses, not active-shutter glasses 5 1.38%
I've never seen stereoscopic 3D 16 4.42%
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post #1 of 134 Old 03-19-2013, 07:01 PM - Thread Starter
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One of the biggest complaints about stereoscopic 3D is that watching it can make some people physically sick with eye strain, headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Have you experienced any of these symptoms while watching 3D content? If so, under what circumstances?


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post #2 of 134 Old 03-19-2013, 08:15 PM
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Eye strain, but only with a few SBS or T/B captures in 1080i. (Captured with Hauppauge HD-PVR via component from Comcast cable box.) So resolution is halved right off the bat.

One capture in particular comes to mind: 3D Sun. It has a few really aggressive pop out scenes. By that I mean aggressive enough so it feels like I'm going cross-eyed trying to bring the two views together. No doubt moving back would alleviate the problem, but 3D Blu-Rays never cause me any discomfort at the same viewing distance. I suspect the added loss of resolution on a passive set has something to do with it too. OTOH, some of my 3D captures look very nice, like the Mariinsky Theater version of the Nutcracker Ballet.

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Should be a "used to but after the second or third time never again".
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I have only seen 1 movie in 3D and that was Thor in IMAX. I had motion sickness the rest of the evening.

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watching movies no eye strain,but when playing 3d games headaches, dizziness.
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I've never experienced sickness, but I did have bad eye strain for the first few days I used my Nintendo 3DS. It went away and has never come back. I view 3D (movies, PC games) with my projector almost daily now. My guess is it was just a matter of my eyes/brain needing to get used to viewing stereoscopic 3D.

I suspect many if not the majority of people who report sickness, eye strain, or headaches, wouldn't have problems if they were just exposed to stereoscopic 3D more, or more often.
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Only if I turn Cinema Smooth on, which changes the refresh rate to 96hz vs 120hz with 3:2 pulldown. The slower refresh rate causes flicker in lighter shaded areas of the display. Oh, I have a Samsung PN64E7000.

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After watching Avatar , I realized I didnt like 3D..I felt fatigued and my eyes were jumpy. I don't like 3D , nor do I care for the gimicky at times jump
at you effects.

A pass for me.
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I never get sick watching 3D. Wether it's active or passive. The only time I ever felt discomfort is when the left and right eye on my Tru Depth active shutter glasses got reveresed. I instantly got a headache from it and could immediately tell something was wrong.

One thing that does happen to me, espcially in a warm theater, is my glasses will fog up from my head sweating. It's happened at IMAX and my local theater with Real D. Its a real PITA when it happens cause you must take them off and wipe them off and risk smudging or blowing on them till it's dry.

Worst was during the midnite release of The Avengers. Packed house on a hot summer evening and the a/c was not working properly. Fogged over glasses for half the movie. I now bring a micro fiber mini cloth with me just in case. Never happend at home in my theater tho since i keep the temp always comfortable. Anybody else have this problem?

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Watched on my samsung 64" in the lounge room for 10 minutes suffered for an hour.

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Haven't experienced any discomfort/headache/nausea, nor have the kids. 52" screen, 8 ft distance, active shutter glasses and 32 blurays in the library (plus what comes with HBO/Comcast).
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I want 4K or better yet 8K forget 3D :(

 

I am part of the 10% who gets migraines and nauseated from 3D!

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For some reason I get sleepy.. Does that fall under eye strain?
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I'm happy that I don't suffer from any 3D side effects.

I choose active glasses because resolution halving in passive technology is too obvious and annoying for me.
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This poll will be fun, but let no one mistake it as scientific. Those with negative experiences will be much more likely to respond.

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i did experience a bit of a dizziness, not exactly which cause it: the 12 pack or the 3D movie
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I'm unable to see 3D because my eyes don't work together at the same time.

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I'm unable to see 3D because my eyes don't work together at the same time.

You should vote. As of now "I've never seen stereoscopic 3D" still has zero responses.
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Both my wife and I both get sick when we watch in 3D. My wife actually had to run to the bathroom to throw up the first time we saw a movie in 3D (Alice in Wonderland). Avatar was the next and that was fantastic but still came away feeling nauseous.
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For some reason I get sleepy.. Does that fall under eye strain?

I was wondering this too! I don't think it falls under that catagory because we are not getting headaches, dizzyness, or motion sickness.

I do feel like I went through a workout at times though lol.

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I've only seen one 3D movie, that was in a movie theatre. But I didn't notice any of the symptoms others have had.
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only experienced a headache once while watching Avatar at the cinema. Have 3D at home and never had any eye strain, headaches or other issues....
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I used to in the early days of the recent 3D renaissance but hardly ever anymore. The last time I got physically ill watching a movie was the 2D Cloverfield.
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I love watching 3D movies, but playing Gran Turismo 5 on a 120" screen that was about 8 feet away in 3D gave me a headache. Actually, I prefer playing all games in 2D, but I always get 3D movies if available. I just think there is too much 3D effects in games for my eyes/brain.

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We have seen several 3D movies at the cinema, myself - I was OK.
My wife will not be watching any more 3D. She did not get "sick" or dizzy. However; she was uncomfortable and besides being unimpressed >> describes eye strain as her major issue.

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Both my wife and I both get sick when we watch in 3D. My wife actually had to run to the bathroom to throw up the first time we saw a movie in 3D (Alice in Wonderland). Avatar was the next and that was fantastic but still came away feeling nauseous.

Your wife threw up during Alice in Wonderland because the movie sucks not because of the 3D. biggrin.gif
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I get slightly nauseated when watching 3D with active glasses. Not enough to make quit watching, just a bit uncomfortable.

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To be honest, i ain't gonna expose my eyes to the 3D nonsense so 3D sickness is never gonne happen smile.gif
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I don't get sick, but here are my findings:

Jaws 3D - I'm not sure what the deal was, but it didn't look 3D at all. It was on HBO maybe 30+ years ago. I got my red/blue glasses out of a Captain Crunch box, I believe. At least it didn't hurt my eyes, though, and I loved the movie.

Captain EO - perfect 3D projection, no eyestrain whatsoever. Used some sort of passively filtered glasses. The best 3D I've seen to date and this was around 1990 or 1991.

Spy Kids 3D - Horrible, horrible, horrible!! I couldn't perceive any 3D whatsoever, only blurriness or just objects moving close to the camera; the movie was atrocious, and we had to wear those old school red-blue glasses. My eyes hurt, head hurt, (from trying to get myself to perceive any 3D) and afterwards, I was seeing red out of one eye, blue out of the other for an hour or so. I probably should have let my wife drive home in case I forgot which position the red and green traffic lights were in, b/c everything had a red or blue hue to it. I'm still upset with the kids for suckering us into paying to see that steaming pile of a movie.

Madagascar 3 in 3D - Absolutely beautiful movie, but some of the 3D parts made my eyes ache a bit. I believe it was Real3D. If you haven't seen this one (not necessarily 3D), at least watch the last 10 or 15 minutes. On Blu-Ray, that is demo worthy material.
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One of the biggest complaints about stereoscopic 3D is that watching it can make some people physically sick with eye strain, headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Have you experienced any of these symptoms while watching 3D content? If so, under what circumstances?

It's amazing that (by the poll results) over 40% of people are experiencing some form of discomfort when viewing 3D material. I am curious to what degree this has impacted sales of 3D movie tickets and Blu-Rays. I know it's hard to measure the success of 3D sales for TVs and Blu-Ray players since plenty of models have 3D whether you want it or not, so it would be interesting to know if there are people that would have liked to get into 3D (purchasing content) but have not done so because of the associated discomfort and/or sickness.
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