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Nintendo 3DS can diagnose kids with vision problems

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The Nintendo 3DS will be released in Australia next week but one benefit of the device could be identifying eye problems in young users.

Eye specialists in the US claim the device’s 3D screen – which works without the need to wear glasses – could diagnose child vision problems.

If a child can’t see the 3D effect it may be a sign they have vision issues including amblyopia – otherwise known as “lazy eye”.



“The 3DS could be a godsend for identifying kids under six who need vision therapy,” Dr Michael Duenas, associate director for health sciences and policy for the American Optometric Association told Nintendo World Report.

Nintendo actually recommends that users under the age of six should not use the 3D screen because it may harm their immature vision.

But optometrists claim it won’t do any harm and, in fact, they are encouraging use by younger users as it could identify the vision problem that would otherwise go undetected until later in life.

The Nintendo 3DS will be released on March 31 and will be priced at $349.95.