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AOP advice on watching The Jungle Book in 3D

Hailed as one of this year’s biggest releases, Jon Favreau’s remake of The Jungle Book arrives in UK cinemas tomorrow. With film critics highlighting the dramatic 3D imagery, we are reminding the public of key signs to look out for if children are having problems watching the film in 3D.

Optometrist Henry Leonard, Clinical and Regulatory Officer at the AOP, said: “Difficulty watching 3D films comfortably can be an early sign of visual problems. To be able to get the full 3D effect and view the film comfortably, you need good binocular vision – both eyes seeing clearly and working together correctly. Children need a clear, sharp image in each eye in order for their vision to develop properly. If something upsets that balance, it can lead to reduced vision - known as amblyopia - in one or both eyes and poor 3D vision. If the problem only affects one eye it can easily go unnoticed, resulting in a ‘lazy eye’. If children struggle to watch 3D films or fail to appreciate the 3D effect, this could be an early sign that they may be suffering from these kinds of visual problems.”

For more information, read our press release.