Despite the warning from Nintendo that youngsters under 6 shouldn't use the new 3DS gaming console, some optometrists are calling the device a "godsend" for detecting eye issues for kids before they get too old!
If your kid doesn't see the 3-D effect on the 3DS, that's a sign that he or she may have a vision disorder such as amblyopia, or "lazy eye," or subtler problems that can cause problems with reading, Duenas said. Kids who experience dizziness or discomfort should also be checked, he said.
Take note, kids! That's gotta be one of the BEST reasons to drop on your parents when begging them for one!
And if that doesn't work, drop this knowledge on them:
These problems are much easier to fix if caught before age 6, when the visual system in our brains is more or less done developing. Only 15 percent of preschool children get a comprehensive eye exam that could catch these subtle problems, according to the American Optometric Association, the professional group for optometrists. More than half of all juvenile delinquents have undiagnosed and untreated vision problems, according to studies.
Too cool. Not only is this the next generation of hand-held gaming devices, but it could actually help you out in a very practical way!
We'd like to definitely see the statistics and studies on why Nintendo feels the exact opposite, though! Plus it'd be a huge bummer to get the thing, have your eyes have problems, and then not get to use it until things are corrected (if ever!).
Pretty hefty price tag ($250) for a secret eye exam if that's the case!
Have fun, kids! But take a break once in a while!!
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