Is playing virtual reality games bad for your health?

At present, VR virtual reality games are becoming more and more popular, and it will also become a trend to be accepted by more and more people, especially young people. But some experts and industry watchers worry that frequent use of VR technology could carry some health risks, including eye strain, migraines and accidental falls. The following includes an introduction to VR safety, as well as the potential negative and positive physical effects that VR VR gaming can have.

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Is VR bad for your eyes?
Some of the health risks of using VR devices seem obvious. For example, when you wear a VR device, the sound and full coverage of the VR video will reduce your perception of the surrounding environment, making you more likely to fall, step on other objects or pets. However, as VR technology becomes more widely used, the health risks associated with it are slowly emerging. For example, some ophthalmologists are concerned that VR could cause eye strain and have long-term effects on the connection between the eye and the brain.

We all know that looking at a computer screen too much can cause eyestrain, a condition also known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The screen of the VR device is not much different from the LCD screen of the computer in preventing eye fatigue. The eyes will also feel fatigued when facing the screen of the VR device for a long time, which means that the frequent use of the VR device may lead to CVS and related symptoms, such as, Headache and visual fatigue. However, proper rest can help prevent CVS, while the use of dedicated VR equipment lenses can also reduce eye strain.

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but! A VR screen is one big difference from a typical LCD screen! When looking at a VR screen, our eyes don’t just look at one screen, but each eye looks at a screen, and each screen is only a few centimeters away from your face or even closer! This dual-screen setup can lead to an illusion of a brain-eye connection called a “vergence-acquilation conflict,” a visual phenomenon that tricks the eye into sensing that things that are close are also close In the long run, this illusion can cause fatigue and visual discomfort in VR users, and in a few people, it can also lead to persistent headaches and nausea. Long-term “fusion-adaptation conflict” may even lead to vision problems, that is, back to reality, you find that your eyes are not working well. Among them, young children are at the greatest risk of developing eye diseases related to VR virtual reality. The reason is that the connections between a child’s eyes and brain are not yet fully developed. Children who play too many VR games are prone to eye diseases such as myopia.

What are the bad effects of playing VR games when you are sick or injured?
If you’re sick or injured, then playing a VR game might not do you any good, or make you feel uncomfortable, and it might make your symptoms more pronounced. One game developer recovering from a concussion said she spent days demoing a VR game at a well-known video game developer conference, and during her VR demo, some concussions occurred. Symptoms such as motion sickness appear. Of course, this is just a case, but these cases are being confirmed by some studies or medical journals.

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In addition, most VR virtual reality equipment manufacturers recommend that if the player is pregnant, older, or has other conditions that affect the experience of virtual reality, such as abnormal vision, mental disorder, heart disease, etc., before playing VR virtual reality games Consult a doctor first. At the same time, equipment manufacturers will also remind you that playing VR may also cause epileptic seizures or fainting, which means that even if the player is healthy, there may be situations that are dangerous to the body.

A study has shown that virtual reality (VR) can elicit strong emotional responses — a condition that can be more difficult to control than looking at a normal computer monitor, especially for players with mental illness. Experts also worry that the use of VR games could slow or affect users’ recovery from sinus infections, headaches, eye ailments, stomach problems and even colds. The above diseases all require a relatively balanced care to successfully recover, but if you play VR games at this time, the recovery effect may be unsatisfactory.

All in all, while VR gaming is unlikely to cause long-term physical harm to humans, it may affect recovery from injury or illness. So, if you’re physically uncomfortable, play VR games as little as possible.

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Can virtual reality help improve health?
Jeremy Bailenson, founder of Stanford University’s Virtual Reality Lab, is optimistic about the future of virtual reality. He believes VR virtual reality can make us healthier by narrowing the line between the digital and real worlds. With virtual reality, people can experience virtual scenes that are almost as real as the real thing. For example, interacting with food in virtual reality may have the effect of allowing players to eat less while feeling fuller, which could be beneficial for weight loss.

At the same time, there are more and more medical applications of VR virtual reality. Scientists are using virtual reality and simulation experiments for a variety of purposes, including human balance training and mental health programs.

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So, is VR virtual reality safe? Research suggests that there may be some minor risks associated with gaming with VR, but so far there have been no cases of serious side effects. Right now, it’s also difficult to know whether VR’s long-term health effects will be positive or negative. Therefore, players who like to play VR games should know the information they should know, and while enjoying the fun brought by the game, take a proper rest without being too addicted.