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Is it safe to watch 3D video or 3D still images and does it cause any ill health effects?

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IMPORTANT: Not all Sony® video products have 3D capabilities. Check the specification to see if your model has the 3D functions described in this solution. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

Some people may experience eye strain, fatigue, or nausea while watching 3D video or images and playing 3D games. Sony recommends that all viewers take regular breaks when watching 3D media for an extended period of time. The length and frequency of breaks varies from person to person; you must decide what is best for you and your family. Moving further away from the screen may also reduce discomfort when viewing 3D content.

If you or anyone else continues to feel uncomfortable when watching 3D content, stop watching the content in 3D until you feel better. If watching 3D content on your TV, you can set the TV to display in 2D instead. If playing back 3D content on the LCD screen of a camera, set the LCD screen of the camera to display only in 2D.


  • Always be safe and consult a doctor if you believe it is necessary.
  • Children's vision, especially for ages 6 years and below, is always vulnerable. Consult with a Pediatric or Ophthalmic doctor before allowing them to watch 3D movies and follow the precautions mentioned above.