If your vision is impaired or if you are prone to motion sickness, there is a good chance that you tend to get a headache while watching 3D movies. While it’s true that the majority of headaches are caused by dehydration, for many people, drinking water and taking an aspirin are not going to help. Indeed, for those of us whose eyes respond differently to 3D technology, there are a number of ways that we can attempt to enjoy 3D movies just like everyone else. If you’ve been struggling with headaches or dizziness while watching 3D movies, here are a few things you can do to relax and enjoy a pain-free movie experience.

  1. Buy your own glasses. The glasses that the movie theater provides are a one size fits all kind of deal. But if you’re reading this, there’s a very good chance that this kind of model doesn’t work for you. Luckily, you can buy your own pair from American Paper Optics. When you do, be sure to buy passive 3D glasses rather than active. This will make the experience far more pleasant.
  2. Watch it at home. If you get your own glasses and still experience headaches then it probably means that you need to have a bit more control over the experience. These days, most computers and TVs are designed to be 3D capable. So now you don’t need to see 3D movies in the theater. Plus, watching a movie from the comfort of your own home is always more comfortable and intimate.
  3. Turn off the ambient brightness. If you are watching the movie from your computer or TV, you want to be sure to turn off the ambient brightness. This is a setting that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen in accordance with the brightness of the room. But you will need to have more manual control than that. If you are starting to get a headache, try turning down the brightness of your screen and you will feel a big difference.
  4. Turn off the background light. These days most TVs are outfitted with background lights. This gives the wall behind your TV a soft glow for a more cinematic experience. However, it can also be irritating and distracting for those with sensitive eyes. If your TV has a built-in background light, be sure to turn it all the way off before starting the movie so that you can limit the unnecessary stimulus.
  5. Don’t sit too close. Remember when you were a kid and your mom would yell at you for sitting too close to the TV? Well, whether or not that was the case for you, it’s always a good thing to mind your distance from the screen. Sitting too close can be harsh on the eyes, and thusly, harsh on the brain. Be sure to always keep at least ten feet of distance between yourself and the screen so that you can enjoy the movie without a painful headache.