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3D TVs Could Cause Seizure or Stroke

Posted by: , 10:44 AEST, Wed April 21, 2010
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Samsung warns people that 3D TVs could potentially be hazardous to ones health by causing nausea, dizziness, or even seizures by altering the way the eye & brain interprets bright flashing images

Samsung warns people that 3D TVs could potentially be hazardous to ones health by causing nausea, dizziness, or even seizures.  The virtual-reality craze, which was about ten years ago, suffered from the same warnings.

Samsung's forthcoming about their concerns on an Australian website, which was titled, "Photosensitive Seizure Warning and Other Health Risks," runs through a short list of serious conditions that can be triggered as a result of watching 3-D TV.

Another major concern, specifically targeting children, is the effect it will have on the relationship between the eye and the brain while they are still in the developmental stages.

Some of the other symptoms that have been reported range from eye twitching and convulsions to disorientation from the way the eye and brain interpret the flashing images, that give you the 3D effect.

Samsung's Photosensitive Seizure Warning and Other Health Risks

  • Some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to certain flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. If you or any of your family has a history of epilepsy or stroke, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.


  • If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately stop watching 3D pictures and consult a medical specialist: (1) altered vision; (2) lightheadedness; (3) dizziness; (4) involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching; (5) confusion; (6) nausea; (7) loss of awareness; (8) convulsions; (9) cramps; and/or (10) disorientation. Parents should monitor and ask their children about the above symptoms as children and teenagers may be more likely to experience these symptoms than adults.


  • Viewing in 3D mode may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain, and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the likelihood of these effects. If you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume until the symptoms have subsided.


  • We do not recommend watching 3D if you are in bad physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol.


  • Watching TV while sitting too close to the screen for an extended period of time may damage your eyesight. The ideal viewing distance should be at least three times the height of the TV screen. It is recommended that the viewer's eyes are level with the screen.


  • Watching TV while wearing 3D Active Glasses for an extended period of time may cause headaches or fatigue. If you experience a headache, fatigue or dizziness, stop watching TV and rest.


  • Do not use the 3D Active Glasses for any purpose other than viewing 3D television. Wearing the 3D Active Glasses for any other purpose (as general spectacles, sunglasses, protective goggles, etc.) may physically harm you or weaken your eyesight.


  • Viewing in 3D mode may cause disorientation for some viewers. DO NOT place your television near open stairwells, cables, balconies or other objects that may cause you to injure yourself.


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