It's true! According to several recent entertainment stories such as this one from Engadget, Johnny Depp is unable to see the 3-D effects in the very movies that he stars in. Specifically the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is to be released May 20th.
They way Depp described it, "I'm unable to see in 3D. My eyes don't see in 3D. I have a weird eye... It just doesn't work."
While all this may seem like a small bit of movie trivia to many people, this may remind a lot of folks of themselves... or their children. We don't know exactly what is weird about his "eye", whether it is amblyopia (often called "lazy eye") or some other condition. But we do know that many of the types of problems can be detected at a very early age. It is recommended that babies have their first eye exam at six months old. Treatment such as glasses or contacts or medical procedures to prevent further problems may allow the patient to have as normal vision as possible.... even normal 3-D vision. Also, vision therapy may be an option to give 3-D vision to patients, young or old. The book "Fixing My Gaze" by Dr. Susan Barry is an excellent example of this.
The recent news about Johnny Depp is just one more reminder that if you or anyone you know has trouble with 3-D movies you should see an optometrist.
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.