Samsung Issues Cautions for Viewing 3-D TV
Watching anything in 3-D can be disorienting, whether that's a video game or the latest 3-D theatrical release or a new 3-D TV at home. On Friday, Samsung released a warning about its line of 3-D TVs released this spring.
The company cautions viewers with a history of epilepsy or stroke to consult with their physicians before viewing 3-D material. Flashing images or lights may bring on an epileptic seizure or stroke, the statement warns.
Parents should also monitor their children when first viewing 3-D programming because children and teens may be more susceptible to possible problems. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, problems can result from watching 3-D if a viewer suffers from a binocular eye problem like strabismus (wandering eyes).
Also, be on the lookout for altered vision, lightheadedness, eye or muscle twitching, nausea, dizziness and similar ill effects. Samsung advises parents to turn off the 3-D show and consult a doctor.
Samsung says to avoid using the 3-D feature if you are in poor physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol.
For the best experience, Samsung reminds viewers that compatible 3-D active glasses must be worn, and to minimize ambient light, especially fluorescent light and direct sunlight.
And sit at least three times the distance from the TV as the height of the screen. For instance, Samsung's 55-inch TV is 33-inches tall, so sit no closer than 8 feet from the screen. Viewers should watch at eye level. Don't hang a TV high on the wall if you will be watching it from bed.
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