22 Mar '11, 2am

The Nintendo 3DS could help identify children with vision problems early on, US eye specialists say

The Nintendo 3DS could help identify children with vision problems early on, US eye specialists say

US eye specialists say the Nintendo 3DS (above) could help catch vision disorders. -- PHOTO: AP NEW YORK - US EYE specialists are welcoming the Nintendo 3DS game device, dismissing the manufacturer's warnings that its 3-D screen shouldn't be used by children 6 or younger because it may harm their immature vision. On the contrary, the optometrists say, it's a good idea to get your kids to try the 3-D screen, especially if they're younger than 6. It won't do any harm, they say, and it could help catch vision disorders that have to be caught early to be fixed. 'The 3DS could be a godsend for identifying kids under 6 who need vision therapy,' said Dr Michael Duenas, associate director for health sciences and policy for the American Optometric Association. The new handheld game device is already available in Japan and goes on sale in the US on March 27 for US$250 (S$316). It ha...

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