Count Mr. Popper's Penguins director Mark Waters among those who are no fans of 3D glasses. "I showed this movie to a bunch of mommy bloggers and the first thing they said when they finished the movie was, 'Thank God it wasn't in 3d! I'm so sick of those glasses!'," Waters told The Hollywood Reporter at the film's premiere Sunday.
Some audience members — especially ones who have no choice but to take their kids when they insist — gripe about experiencing discomfort, headaches or minor eye problems (like problems with depth perception). But they may not have to avoid the 3D-viewing experience for much longer.
A new form of glasses, developed by 2D-Glasses, LLC, purports to give viewers who previously couldn't sit through a 3D film the opportunity — headache free.
"I love 3D movies, but they give my wife a headache," 2D-Glasses founder Hank Green said in a statement. "Using 2D-Glasses, we can enjoy going to the movies together without her being uncomfortable."
The difference between the current specs movie-watchers don and the new models are in the lenses. 3D glasses have a different lens for the right and left eyes, each blocking one of the two images 3D movies project (so combined the viewer sees the entire projection). But, your eyes have to work to combine the images themselves.
"2D glasses block the same image with both lenses, so each eye gets the same picture, resulting in a 2D image and an elimination of the eyeball and muscle strain that leads to headaches," says a company spokesperson. So, while the wearer won't see perfect 3D, they also won't be straining their eyes.
Something Waters will no doubt be in favor of, considering the glasses were part of the reason he decided not to go 3D for his family friendly flick. "[My movie's] got great action and great comedy, it's not really something that I think I want to distract people with bad glasses," he said.