BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Monday January 18 2010 07:45 GMT

Do 3D films make you feel unwell?

Monsters vs Aliens still with 3D glasses

3D films are everywhere at the moment with movies such as Shrek and Toy Story set to use 3D technology.

But there are worries that the technology used to make these films are making some of you feel sick and dizzy.

So we want to know if watching 3D films at the cinema has left you feeling ill? Do you feel travel sick after watching a busy action film?

Or perhaps you have a strong stomach and don't see what all the fuss is about!

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are Comments pages on other subjects on the main Chat index.

Your Comments

"They are enjoyable but sometimes they do give me a headache."

Lucy, 7, London, England

"No I don't feel sick watching 3D films. I don't know why everyone says they do feel sick."

Danielle, 10, Swindon, England

"I love 3D films and really enjoy watching them. However, if I turn my head the screen will go fuzzy and sometimes that gives me a headache. But generally they're fine."

Bethany, 14, Surrey, England

"When I went to see AVATAR in 3D I started to feel dizzy and my eyes were slightly aching."

Sophie, 14, Cornwall, England

"They are enjoyable but sometimes they do give me a headache."

Lucy, 7, London, England

"At the beginning 3D films make me feel ill, but then after a while I get used to it. But I heard that some people felt depressed after Avatar."

Lizzie, 12, Epsom, England

"No, I don't get sick when watching 3D films, but when I went to see Avatar 3D, my mother felt sea-sick!"

Ben, 12, Gorseinon, Wales

"Yes, I get headaches when I wear the glasses. I put them on to watch UP and about a minute later my eyes were completely aching!"

Natasha, 12, Portsmouth, England

"I do NOT feel ill when watching 3D films! It's people who watch 3D films WITHOUT the glasses who must feel ill!"

Ella, 11, Surrey, England

"No, 3D films don't make me feel sick, but they do hurt my eyes. I think someone should sort this out because they must be damaging them."

Alice, 13, Oxfordshire, England

"Sometimes I get a headache after watching 3D films. The last time I watched a 3D film was A Christmas Carol, and I felt OK."

Catherine, 13, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"3D films are so cool. I don't know how it can make anyone unwell."

Shannon, 11, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I think 3D films are raw and they are totally beast! They don't me feel sick."

Iona, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think 3D movies are great!"

Bander, 12, London, England

"Sometimes I feel sick and sometimes I feel OK."

Tom, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"Sometimes in cinemas they do. I came out with a sore head afterwards."

Bethan, 10, London, England

"I went to watch A Christmas Carol in 3D and I felt quite unwell. I had a headache and my eyes went a bit funny. I was ill at the time though, so I thought it was because of my illness."

Sabrina, 13, Middlesex, England

"While I am watching a film I feel OK, but all of my friends say it makes them dizzy!"

Kizzy, 11, Cornwall, England

"When I was watching Avatar in 3D, I felt really sick, sleepy and kept on having headaches."

Sanchai, 10, London, England

"3D films are awesome! The old 3D glasses with the blue and red lenses made me feel ill, but the new ones with clear lenses do not."

Kanwar, 13, Kent, England

"3D is amazing!! I'm so glad they've bought it to England! I think it's so cool seeing everything jump out at you!"

Emily, 13, Nottingham, England

"I think that 3D movies are great but they make me feel dizzy and have a headache."

Bethanie, 11, Cheshire, England

"I get travel sick so 3D films do make me feel ill."

Henry, 11, Northampton, England

"I love 3D films but some of the 3D glasses at the normal cinemas make my eyes hurt and give me a headache. The glasses you get given at the IMAX in London are OK though!"

Holly, 12, London, England

"I'm OK with 3D movies, they look so real when you wear the glasses. My little sister feels sick when she does though."

Lucy, 11, Birmingham, England

"I don't see what all the fuss is about! 3D is great and I don't feel sick when I wear 3D glasses."

Keelin, 9, London, England

"I'm OK with 3D movies, they look so real when you wear the glasses."

Lucy, 11, Birmingham, England

"I find 3D films really good, but when I put the glasses on they make my eyes feel really uncomfortable and I have to take them off which makes me dizzy."

Sarah, 12, Reigate, London

"I find 3D films really cool. I love watching them because they are really exciting!"

Ryan, 12, London, England

"I find 3D films great! But if I take the glasses off for too long it makes me feel quite ill."

Ellie, 10, Suffolk, England

"3D films are fine by me. They make the films so realistic. They don't make me feel sick or uncomfortable at all."

Emily, 10, Birmingham, England

"I think 3D films are great and don't make me unwell. I do respect that other people feel unwell, but I think that every cinema should have 3D films! They excite me and I have great fun with my friends when we go!"

Hannah, 11, Birmingham, England

"No I don't feel ill watching these films and they are great. If you feel ill, don't watch them!"

Georgia, 9, London, England

"They are so good but when you take off the glasses, they give me a headache."

Sarah, 13, Birmingham, England

"I think they're great, although the 3D glasses do get in your way!"

Samuel, 13, England

"I love going to see 3D films, they don't make me feel ill."

Emma, 11, West Bromwich, England

"I think that the 3D films are super-cool. They don't make me feel ill at all. The only problem is the glasses always fall off!"

Freya, 8, Berkshire, England

"When I went to see Ice Age 3 in 3D it did make me feel weird."

Georgia, 10, London, England

"3D movies make me feel really rubbish! I get dizzy and unsure of my surroundings. Plus, I don't really get what is so great about 3D movies and Blu-Ray? They're adding expense and making privileges for those who can afford 3D, and for people who don't feel ill."

Lucienne, 12, Oxford, England

"Yes, they do! Every time I go I'm always sick!!! I reckon they should be banned from cinemas across the country."

Hannah, 13, Carlisle, England

"The first time I watched a 3D movie my eyes felt like I was cross-eyed, but it is probably because I was wearing those red and blue glasses. When I went to see G-Force in 3D I had normal glasses and it was fine."

Sandra, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"I have only seen one 3D film and it made me feel ill, but it was a horror so that was probably why!"

Lene, 11, Birmingham, England

"3D films do not make me feel sick but my eyes do hurt afterwards."

Daisy, 12, London, England

"I love 3D movies and I don't get ill!!"

Simran, 13, London, England

"Maybe sometimes they could make people feel, but at the same time people do get still enjoy them! It's mostly important to look after their health."

Jasmela, 12, Croydon, England

"I love 3D films. I have only watched them once but I don't remember getting ill."

Sidra, 13, Manchester, England

"I think 3D films are really cool. It does make the movie scarier, but it's more realistic."

Katie, 9, London, England

"I love watching 3D films, in fact, they make me feel better when it's finished and I go away wanting more!"

Lucy, 11, Norwich, England

"I love 3D films. I do get travel sickness but only when I have been in a car for too long, not after watching a film. I think if the film is rushing everywhere and it's hard for your eyes to follow then you could feel dizzy, but I don't think 3D films make you dizzy."

Samantha, 12, Middlesex, England

"No!! I think they are fantastic, really realistic and fun. It looks like you can touch the film! It doesn't make me feel ill and I would be devastated if they banned the 3D movies!"

Gail, 12, London, England

"I think all the worry about people feeling ill is nonsense. If you feel ill then don't go. Maybe we should worry about this when every movie is 3D?"

Seamus, 14, West Sussex, England

"They don't make me fell unwell but they make my eyes feel a bit weird afterwards, however I love 3D films!"

Rebecca, 12, Manchester, England

"I've seen 3D films and nothing has happened to me. I think people feel unwell because they probably don't watch real-life films and watch 2D films quite a lot, so their eyes aren't used to 3D films."

Nafeesa, 10, Nottingham, England

"No way! It's really cool and amazing!"

Laura, 12, Northampton, England

"I love 3D films but they never make me feel sick. I haven't an idea what the fuss is about!!"

Meghali, 10, London, England

"They do sometimes but I still love them!"

Lara, 10, London, England

"I find 3D films distracting and get bad headaches from them. I'd much rather watch a 2D film."

Cara, 10, Kent, England

"No!!! 3D films do not make me feel sick at all. I think that 3D films are absolutely fantastic and are soooo cool."

Yasmin, 10, London, England

"3D films are cool and I don't feel ill when I watch them, although the glasses are a bit annoying."

May, 11, Cornwall, England

"No, they don't make me dizzy. I love 3D films, they're soooo cool!"

Katie, 12, Stockport, England

"No, 3D films don't make me feel sick but it does make my eyes tired."

Ross, 13, Wiltshire, England

"They make my eyes go funny but that is all. Anyway, I love 3D films!"

George, 11, London, England

"I love 3D films, I've been to three and nothing has happened to me yet. I think it's just because it's so dark in there!"

Jade, 12, Devon, England

"No they don't make me feel ill but that is probably because I hardly ever get ill!"

Sophie, 14, London, England

"No!! I think they are fantastic, really realistic and fun. It looks like you can touch the film! It doesn't make me feel ill, I would be devastated if they banned the 3D movies!"

Gail, 12, London, England

"I've only seen one 3D movie but it didn't seem to make me dizzy or ill."

Kareem, 10, Southend, England

"I think that it can be a bit scary but it definitely doesn't make me feel ill - it looks good!"

Rhiannon, 11, Wales

"I loved Pixar's Up in 3D because it gave the picture texture. Although I did get a headache from watching it which probably had something to do with it being 3D."

Hannah, 13, Argyll, Scotland

"Yes they make me dizzy and my eyes go blurry. If they make children feel ill they should be banned and made so children don't feel ill."

Emma, 10, Kent, England

"No it's really cool, I like watching G-Force in 3D when the wasp hits you! But 4D is much better! For example is there is a waterfall then you would get water on you. They have them in cinemas in Portugal."

Matti, 10, Wiltshire, England

"I haven't seen one but I think instead of glasses they could just make the film so we don't have to wear the glasses."

Sarah, 9, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"Yeah I felt dizzy the last time I came out of a 3D movie."

Chloe, 11, England

"I think it sometimes can make you feel unwell if it's a scary film. But mostly they're not that bad and I think they are really cool!"

Faduma, 11, London, England

"Nope, they're great!"

Katana, 10, Brighton, England

"It does give me a bit of a headache and it's hard to adjust to it."

Alice, 12, Essex, England

"They don't make me sick. I enjoy 3D technology such as Avatar in 3D."

Joe, 13, Bradford, England

"I saw Avatar in 3D a few weeks back. When I first put the glasses (which I had to put over my normal glasses) on I went slightly dizzy and my eyes went funny for a bit. Although once you get used to it, it's fine and the experience is thrilling!"

Beth, 13, Peterborough, England

" I wish I could watch 3D movies but I can't because of my eyes ."

Zoe, 12, Kent, England

"I've never seen one before but my friend has and nothing happened to her. She said that the glasses are annoying but you get over that! I don't see what all the fuss is about."

Molly, 14, Cornwall, England

"Yes they do. I even fainted after watching one because I felt so dizzy and sick!"

Sophia, 12, London, England

"No I don't it's just scary when the things are coming towards us it's like ahhh scary."

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"No. I LOVE 3D films they rock!!!"

Joshua, 10, Wales

"If you can feel ill in 3D films then you can feel ill in any films. It's only when you're sitting in pitch black room with a huge bright screen in front of you and then when you come outside. It's got nothing to do with 3D films!"

Suzanne, 14, Herts, England

"No way! It's really cool and amazing!"

Laura, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"It sometimes does and it makes your eyes feel strange. It's also scary when it looks like something is coming towards you. I think sometimes it's overrated and why not just watch a film properly?"

Lucy, 14, London, England

"Not really but it makes them more real."

Grace, 11, West Sussex, England

"No, I think 3D makes it more real and makes you feel more involved with what's going on in the film."

Sophie, 12, England

"I've never seen one, so I don't know!"

Hannah, 13, Shropshire, England

"Not really. But it is quite weird seeing characters like Manny from Ice Age standing right next to you even if you are at the back of the screen! I feel tired after every film I have watched in 3D at the cinema but I have never been unwell after it."

Rubie, 11, UK

"It totally does!!!"

Emily, 10, London, England

"No, they don't make me feel unwell. But the 3D glasses are really annoying and make my nose itchy!"

Louise, 13, Woking, England