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3-D movies entertain most, cause headaches for some

(NBC) - People that have trouble processing images correctly during 3-D movies can result in the viewer to being forced to leave due to nausea and headaches long before the movie has ended.

The headaches being caused by 3-D movies is because your eyes are shown two separate images to create the illusion of depth, resulting in the 3-D effect.

"What happens is you get this mismatch between your focusing system and your eye coordination system that can cause discomfort," Dr. Dominick Maino said.

The strain can leave them with what doctors are calling "3-D Vision Syndrome." Anywhere from 2 to 6 percent of people are affected, but the problem often remains masked until they watch something in 3-D.

The issue can become worse when viewing 3-D on screens closer to your face, like on hand-held video games as opposed to theater screens.

So while the new technology adds an extra dimension of profit at the box office, the 3-D experience may leave eye-strained viewers with a headache.

Fortunately, depending on the exact eye muscle or coordination problem, your eye doctor should be able to recommend a therapy to help.

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