Posted by: Janet Hughes | March 31, 2010

Janet Sees 3D Movie

Vision experts say 3D movies can uncover hidden vision problems.

Amazing. Incredible. Out-of-this-world!

Advocating for healthy eyes and good vision took a new turn… into 3D!

“How to Train Your Dragon” earns FIVE STARS from me. If you haven’t seen a 3D movie yet, THIS is one movie not to be missed!

Unfortunately, nine to eighteen million Americans will NOT enjoy a 3D movie due to undetected vision problems.

Amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turns), and binocular vision disorders (such as CI or convergence insufficiency) will hinder the visual experience of a 3D movie.

Read vision expert Dr. Dominick Maino’s editorial “The Binocular Vision Dysfunction Pandemic” here…

Thanks to Ric and Scott at Cinemark of Seven Bridges for showing me the production room where it all begins!

3D or “three dimensional” makes a flat screen movie come alive.

Using two cameras, an image for each eye is recorded onto each frame. When the special “3D glasses” are worn, the brain then takes these two images and fuses them into one thus creating the 3D effect.

3D Merriman explains: “With a separate image for each eye, one can see depth. Images ‘float’ right out of the screen in front of your face.”

Read more about how 3D movies work on his website here…

Binocular vision works the same way. Also known as “stereo-vision,” two seeing eyes fuse two images into one in the brain creating depth perception.

Read more about 3D vision on the Optometrists Network website here...

3D movies depend on good 3D vision.

Before the show began, the usher advised the audience: “Close your eyes if you feel nauseas!”

Oh my… nauseas?  No need to feel nauseas!

The good news is undetected vision problems can be easily diagnosed by an eye doctor’s eye exam and treated with glasses and/or vision therapy.

Remember… vision screenings DO NOT diagnose vision problems. Comprehensive eye and vision examinations DO.

Congrats to all at DreamWorks for creating this wonderful movie.

A touching story coupled with great music make this 3D movie tops on my list…

AND another good reason to continue advocating for children’s best vision!

Comprehensive eye and vision exams are important for all children throughout their school-aged years.

Follow three steps and be a part of the Vision First Foundation Kids Eyes Count Campaign:

    2. MAKE comprehensive eye and vision examinations by an eye doctor part of a child’s health care.

Join the “Kids Eyes Count” email list!

Receive updates and important news. Vision First respects your privacy. Your email address will not be shared or sold. Sign-up here today!

Vision problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.

Please recycle your 3D glasses.

Scott says, "Don't worry! Recycled glasses are cleaned and sterilized!"

Vision problems are best detected and treated early. Make the most of 3D movies!

Special thanks to Scott Wajda and Ric Vallina for taking me “behind the scenes” at Cinemark of Seven Bridges in Illinois. I enjoyed learning about 3D movies. All the best to you and your great theater!

NOTE: If you suspect a binocular vision problem, please visit an eye doctor who’s a member of College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Read more here…

Thank you for your interest and support!

Copyright (c) 2010 Janet Hughes. All rights reserved.


  1. Janet, keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you Janet for bringing awareness to the importance of binocular vision in a child’s quality of life and overall development.

    Experiencing a 3-D movie is just one example of how stereovision is a vital part of good vision. It’s much more than 20/20 acuity!

    Nice post!

    Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD

  3. Great pictures and a wonderful way to tie in good vision. You are fantastic.

    Please pray for our son, Rich, Jr. He needs a live kidney donor. He has been dealing with kidney disease since 1997. After going on dialysis, he had to wait nearly 5 years for a transplant. Family and friends were tested, but none were suitable. In 2005 he had the transplant and did well for one year. He has married and now has a 9 month old son. He has been in rejection and his health continues to decline. On 3/26/10, the cardiologist was emphatic about the need for a live donor. Currently the average waiting time is around 6 years. Dialysis keeps you alive but not healthy. More people die waiting for a transplant than those who actually have one. Our concern is, if he has to wait that long he may not be healthy enough to have a transplant.

    God bless you.

    Rich and Nora Waliczek

  4. Another great post Janet! It makes me want to go right out and watch a 3D movie.

    Great pictures also!

    Keep up the good work for the kids!

  5. Janet….very nicely done….I put a link to your blog on my blog….

  6. Thanks for the info, never thought a movie might help find problems with one’s eyes.

    But then again, never thought the state and other “law/rule” makers/breakers would ignore a better way to detect poor eyesight in children. They ignore because “they” didn’t think of it. Someone else would just love to take that notoriety…

  7. Hi ,

    It will probably be a long time till we have a chance to see the movie , I would love to see it . What are the glasses like , do they fit over prescription lenses ?

    My right eye has only half vision due to glaucoma , will I still be able to see it ? I can always try anyway .

    Thanks , hugs , Aletta .

  8. 3D movies give me a headache. I am a stagecoach person in a digital world. Go see it again and enjoy for me this time. 🙂

  9. I just saw Alice in Wonderland it was amazing. It was a test for me as I recently had my 5th Strabismus surgery. I have never had so much fun! What a cool thing.

  10. Janet, I could not be more pleased in your reporting all about 3D and its importants in humans and for our visual skills and needs in life. Not all forms of life have 3D ability. Just observe how many creatures have the two eyes on the side of the head, instead of in front of the face. Species needs vary. The eyes on the side have no stereo or 3D, but have a greater field of side vision for their needs.

    If visual problems are not detected early and corrected, 3D will be ineffective or totally absent. Not good, and irresponsible on society’s part for ignoring its importance and placing all of its attention to only visual acuity.

    Janet, You have been a champion in Illinois to help with others to bring this to the attention of our state legislators and get laws mandated to ensure comprehensive eye and vision examinations by eye doctors instead of a gamble at questionable screenings. How can parents ever thank you enough?

    3D is another great awareness test, enjoyable and a great exercise for the ones with two eyes in a working marriage, but a big clue to trouble when two eyes are struggling, or using only one eye.

    Janet, the whole nation needs you for total resolve!
    Dr. Floyd Mizener

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: