3D Motion Sickness,
How Vision Therapy Can Help
Reduce Your Symptoms
3D motion sickness is motion sickness that people experience while watching 3D movies. In this article, we’ll talk about what 3D motion sickness is, the symptoms it causes, and how vision therapy can help reduce the symptoms.
Motion sickness happens because your brain acts like a middleman between your vestibular system and what your eyes see. The vestibular system is located in your inner ear, and it constantly sends signals to maintain your balance. This is what keeps you from losing orientation while doing normal activities. When there is a disconnect between what your eyes see and the vestibular system, you may experience nausea and dizziness. Your brain gets confused as the image that is physically far away appears to be much closer, and the brain induces vomiting in an attempt to eliminate what it believes is the influence of a toxin in your body.
Simulation sickness is a type of motion sickness that is most like 3D motion sickness. Some people experience simulation sickness from playing video games, especially those with 3D graphics.
Other symptoms of motion sickness include cold sweats, dizziness, and headaches. You can reduce these symptoms with vision therapy exercises. These exercises involve tracking, visual alignment, focusing, and processing changes in position and movement.
What to do to prevent 3D motion sickness
1. According to a recent article, if you feel like you are getting 3D motion sickness, close one eye. This nullifies the disconnect going on in your brain. You can also try closing both eyes for a short period of time. If you are watching a 3D movie at home, simply take a short break from the movie. You can come back to it later.
2. Another strategy is sitting as far back in the theater (away from the screen) and as close to the center of the screen as possible.
3. Do not take the 3D glasses off. That will only make things worse. Doing so will have you looking at an image overlapped incongruently on another image.
4. Keep your gaze on the part of the screen that is in focus. Try not to allow your eyes to wonder to out-of-focus, background areas of the screen.
5. If you experience eye discomfort due to an eye muscle imbalance, the issue is one of depth perception. See a behavioral optometrist for help with vision therapy.
Do you experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision or double vision when watching a 3D movie?
When visual motion causes motion sickness, vision therapy can alleviate the symptoms. Vision therapy provides repetitive tasks that train your eyes to work properly. This therapy will gradually desensitize people who are motion-sensitive.
According to the American Optometric Association, you may be part of the 16% of people affected by 3D vision syndrome. This is caused by common binocular vision problems like amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turns), convergence insufficiency, and convergence excess.
Relief is possible with the right diagnosis and treatment. You may be a candidate for vision therapy. 3D vision therapy can also improve near vision tasks like using the computer and reading, driving a car, riding a bicycle or sports performance.
Like some people get car sickness or sea sickness, others get 3D sickness. If you are one of those who experience 3D motion sickness, following the tips in this article should help.
Vision Therapy Testimonials – Motion Sickness
I decided to try this Vision Therapy program because the frequency and intensity of my headaches (migraine) reached a level where I could no longer work. Other problems included blurred vision, double vision, and severe motion sickness. The headaches are gone, as are the blurred vision and double vision. The motion sickness has been greatly improved.
Another area of improvement is my back. When sitting in chairs my back would start hurting after 10-15 minutes. A day of sitting would cause several days of pain. After this Vision Therapy program I spent four full days in the same chairs with no problem. My eye strain was causing muscle and back strain. This has allowed me to return to work.
Without this therapy, I would have had to quit my job. I had these problems for about 30 years and asked numerous family practice doctors for help. They offered none. I had my eyes examined at least every two years. Why was this condition not identified before now.
Jon Deigert, adult patient.
Hi, my name is Lindsey Kraft, I’m fourteen years old, and I live in Kansas City. I started Vision Therapy with Dr. X in 1998. Before I began Vision Therapy, I got motion sickness when I tried to move around or read in the car. I also got airsick and could NOT go on roller coasters. On tests and quizzes at school, I would skip over little numbers or words, which would often bring my grades down.
During training, we did lots of little exercises to help me get control over my lazy eye. Over the course of eight months, I won the battle with my eye. I can now read in the car without feeling sick, ride comfortably on airplanes, and I can catch those words on my tests. I was still skeptical when I went with my class to Disney World, but I ended up going on ALL of the roller coasters numerous times without feeling a thing. Vision Therapy has really helped me!
Lindsey Kraft, young patient.
Please note: In-office therapy under the direction of a behavioral optometrist using prisms, filters and lenses, as used with our patients, is far more effective than home-based therapy.