Nintendo gaming system comes with a warning doctors don't understand

Nintendo 3DS warns about vision damage

CLEVELAND - 3-D is exploding from 3-D movies, 3-D television, and now 3-D gaming devices. But, could all this 3-D vision be hurting our eyes?

With the Nintendo 3DS , you don't need 3-D glasses to experience a 3-D world. But, it comes with a warning.

The operations manual said, "Viewing of 3-D images by children six and under may cause vision damage."

It's a warning that's surprising the eye care industry.

"We're not seeing an influx of people coming in with a vast array of eye complaints, saying 'Oh, I went and used this device or I went to this movie and my eyes are messed up.' We're not seeing that so why are these warnings out there? We don't seem to know,” said Thomas L. Steinemann, M.D., MetroHealth Medical Center Eye Surgeon and Case Western Reserve University Professor of Ophthalmology.

In fact, the American Optometric Association says 3-D may detect vision problems. The association set up an entire website to inform you about 3-D vision and your eye health.

The association urges you to see an eye doctor if 3-D is not that vivid, you feel dizzy or get a headache because it may indicate an eye problem.

Nintendo did not tell me why it's adding this warning, but did tell me you can adjust the amount of 3-D exposure through a depth slider. You can even turn 3-D off completely and set parental controls.

Steinemann said as with all video games and computers, they should be used in moderation, and frequent breaks are encouraged.

The Nintendo 3DS retails for $249.99.

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