Nintendo 3DS might be good for children's eyesight

3DS might catch undetected eye problems in kids

Go for an eye exam...or buy a Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS might actually be a good way of detecting eye problems in young children, despite some doctors warning that it could be harmful for their eyesight.

The American Optometric Association has come out with the news that, inspite of Nintendo themselves warning that the 3DS should not be used by children under the age of 6, allowing kids to play with the 3D console might help catch vision disorders.

If young children use the 3DS and find they cannot experience the 3D effect, then it's possible they might have amblyopia (lazy eye), which can be treated easily if caught early, while their vision is still developing.

Michael Duenas of the American Optometric Association said, "The 3DS could be a godsend for identifying kids under six who need vision therapy."

According to him, only 15% of pre-school children get comprehensive eye exams that could pick up such issues. If children experience the three D's of 3D: dizziness, discomfort (such as straining the eyes or headaches) and lack of depth, an eye checkup might be in order.

Studies on the effects of excessive 3D viewing on children have not yet been conducted, but we're guessing most parents may like to err on the side of caution.

The Nintendo 3DS has broken Amazon pre-order records is currently priced at £187.

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