How Do I Wear 3D Glasses if I Wear Eyeglasses?

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How Do I Wear 3D Glasses if I Wear Eyeglasses?Watching a 3D movie can be very exciting, but to fully enjoy the experience you must wear special 3D glasses. This can make things difficult for a person that wears glasses. How do you wear 3D glasses if you already must wear eyeglasses?
It seems like a problem with no solution, but luckily there are many things you can do so you can enjoy 3D movies even if you must wear glasses. Here are some tips.

How Do 3D Glasses Work?
3D movies make images seem to jump off the screen, bringing movies to life and providing the viewer with a more action packed experience. The science behind 3D glasses is actually quite simple and relies on the way our eyes work to create 3D images.

Our eyes work together to create a singular 3 dimensional image. Each eye sees a slightly different image which it transmits to the brain. The brain then combines these two images to create a single, 3D image. To get a better idea of the image each eye transmits to the brain, try covering one eye. Without both eyes depth perception is affected.

To create a 3D image on a movie screen a similar principle is used. Two separate images are filmed. Special glasses allow each eye to see only one image. These are then combined in the brain to create a single 3D image.

3D glasses work by limiting what each eye can see. For example the old fashioned red and blue glasses filtered the images seen by each eye using color. Modern clear glasses still filter what the eye can see, but they use polarization rather than color. This allows each eye to see a slightly different image which is combined in the brain to produce a 3D illusion.

Wear the 3D Glasses over Your Eyeglasses
One simple solution to wearing 3D glasses with regular glasses is to wear them on top. This can be a bit uncomfortable, but is certainly the easiest solution to the problem. Some movie theaters might have special 3D glasses designed for use over glasses. These are a bit roomier than the traditional glasses. Even without special glasses you can generally fit the 3D glasses over a pair of regular ones with no problem.

Wear Contacts
Another simple solution is to avoid wearing glasses when attending a 3D movie. If you have contact lenses, you may wish to wear them instead of glasses. 3D glasses can be easily worn with contacts. The 3D glasses don’t impact vision, but rather help each eye to see the special, different images. Only wear contacts if you have a prescription for contact lenses; never borrow someone else’s contacts since this can lead to infection and other eye problems.

Buy Special Glasses
Some manufacturers make special clip on glasses that can be worn when watching 3D movies and TVs. These glasses are designed to be worn with regular eyeglasses. This will require you to invest in special glasses before watching the show or movie, but these glasses are often quite affordable and are a good investment if you regularly watch 3D movies or TV.

See a Regular Version
Some people don’t like watching 3D movies because it is difficult on their eyes. Most movies with a 3D version also have regular versions available. This is a good option for those wanting to enjoy the storyline of a film without the hassle of 3D. Those that want the 3D experience should try another option where 3D glasses are utilized. The regular version of the film won’t have the 3D features available. It isn’t the same as just watching the movie without 3D glasses since only one image is shown. Watching a regular movie with 3D glasses on won’t create a 3D effect.

Enjoying a 3D film or TV show can be more difficult if you wear glasses, but it isn’t impossible. There are several options available for those with glasses. Even if you must wear glasses, you can still watch 3D movies.


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3d glasses over eye glasses

I was just going to cut the lens out of one of the glasses they give you and just tape them behind my extra pair of eyeglasses. Has anyone tried this to see if it was easy to keep them lined up correctly?

Nothing helped

First suggestion is out of question - it's uncomfortable and it was the main reason why I looked up "how to wear 3d glasses with regular glasses" on Google.
Second suggestion costs money, therefore is unaffordable.
Third suggestion is the same as second, but more expensive, therefore it's out as well.
Fourth suggestion is invalid because THERE IS NO REGULAR VERSION!!!!!!!!!!!!

Crappy 3d movies

What would be better if they stopped turning out 3d movies just to charge more for the film and specs. The 3d effects are so poor is it really worth all the effort ?

3D Glasses for eyeglass wearers:"Crappy Movies"

Jason: To some degree you are right in saying that today's 3D movies are churned out so fast and in such numbers that the end result is a "Crappy" 3D movie. However, there ARE some production companies and writers that are REALLY trying to change this. Yes, you can go see films like the 4th and 5th "Final Destination" flix, and leave them feeling like you just payed $12 for a 80-minute sequence of one utterly predictable, "something's gonna come flying at me now" visual failure after another, and just be happy it wasn't 90 minutes! Many recent 3D movies are essentially fads now. But there are some positive advancements out there already, and I believe there are more to come. For starters, lets acknowledge the obvious: Polarized 3D is a monumental step forward in 3D technology. Until the late '80's, most 3D was still some form of anaglyph; anaglyph 3D is what you first envision when you think "3D"'s the red/blue flimsy glasses that we all grew up with. Now as the tech got better, the tech did as well....for example, after red/blue anaglyph, polarization became the norm; polarization works somewhat like anaglyph, in that one eye is being shown a different image than the just does so differently. In polarization, to present stereoscopic images and films, two images are projected superimposed onto the same screen or display through different polarizing filters. The viewer wears low-cost eyeglasses which contain a pair of different polarizing filters. As each filter passes only that light which is similarly polarized and blocks the light polarized in the opposite direction, each eye sees a different image. This is used to produce a three-dimensional effect by projecting the same scene into both eyes, but depicted from slightly different perspectives. Early polarized lenses were like the red/blue ones: they were made of cardboard and each eye held a lense. Each lense was polarized, that is, one lense restricts the vibrations of light waves to one direction, and the other lense to a different direction, allowing each eye to see a different image! Those two images are very similar, but they force the eyes to "see" the final image at a specific field of depth, thus giving you the illusion of an image that could be out in front of the projection screen, on the screen, or even "within" or behind the screen. Now that the tech stuff is cleared up, back to your argument: In 2011 there were 47, (YES, I SAID FORTY-SEVEN) 3D films released. The problem is not the technology; it's how it is used. Too many films are made for the spectacle, when they should be made for the STORY, and then let the 3D enhance and envelope the film almost like it isn't there at all! Good 3D, I mean REALLY good 3D, doesn't have to hurl some pointed object at you every 10 minutes! Good 3D simply becomes part of the story, no different than any other special effect, or good actor delivering a beautiful line, or even the musical score and sound effects. Studio's still think that you can take perhaps one A-list actor, together with a small group of mediocre actors, assign them roles in a cobbled-together, formulaic script that is held together by nothing but a loosely-bound assembly line of bad special effects...effects that are CGI'd to high hell, then gift the whole mess with the awe and promise of glorious "3D," and WHAMO!!! You've got a BLOCKBUSTER!!! But let's face it: the public is getting WAY too smart for these episodic, meaningless, spectacles, and when it comes time to go see a good movie, eventually, they will ALL choose a flat screener like "Interstellar." If EVER there was a movie that people REALLY wanted to see done in 3D, it was "Interstellar." But as most people know, Christopher Nolan is NOT a fan of 3D; paraphrasing The Man himself, he believes that movies are already in 3D, and he's got a good argument: when we look across a great expanse, we don't see 3D...we see 2D, a flat plane. When we get up close to things, THEN we can see more of the 3rd dimension, but according to him, from behind those glasses, we the audience are separating ourselves; we're boxing ourselves in to one specific point of view. So instead of seeing the "impression" of what's there, we are being TOLD what's there, and that leaves nothing for the imagination to fill in! When you first see the black hole in the film, it's a spherical...thing. If seen in 3D, that first glimpse of the black hole would immediately lock you into a strict set of rules for it. As it is (thankfully) shown in the film, you experience the opposite wonder. And isn't THAT why we go to the movies?

Not exactly

To make a broad statement suggesting all 3d movies are crappy is uneducated. I'm not a fan of 3d but some movies (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland) are two great examples.

The article was good enough,

The article was good enough, I had gained a lot of knowledge and all my thoughts have been cleared by reading this article. There are many online stores which provide this kind of sunglasses at a very affordable cost and with exclusive offers.

You clearly don't have

You clearly don't have glasses , this was useless many even less than useless!


Personally, i just take the glasses that the theatre gives you, pop out the lenses, then take some rubber bands, and wrap them around the outside edges of my glasses. The only problem is, depending on how you do it, you either have a black line down the middle of your vision, or the lenses fall off every so often. It is better than nothing, though.


You really have no idea what you're talking about, do you?

Please, consider all the comments. Remove this dumb article.


Good God,

Do you understand that your article title is "how do I WEAR 3D GLASSES if i wear glasses"? So, let's say you're having a NORMAL in person conversation, and then proposed #3.

"Man, I'd love to see a 3D movie...but my glasses make it really difficult. You have any idea of a way that I can wear them and still wear my glasses?"
(Friend) "(Shrugs) See a regular version. Most movies with 3D have regular versions."

*Blank stare...because clearly, you're a moron.*

Not a Good Article

I mean come on, these options were thrown together in two minutes. This article did nothing for me what-so-ever. I actually learned more from the comments than the article. Whoever wrote this, you're a terrible human being...

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