Virtual Reality Headsets Should Be Used in Moderation by Children, Doctor Says

A doctor urges parents to closely monitor their kids' use of the headsets.

— -- Virtual reality headsets are expected to be a hot item this holiday season but their use by children has some doctors concerned.

“Virtual reality is still a very new technology, still evolving and we really don't yet know what the impact may be on children,” Dr. Rudrani Banik, a neuro-ophthalmologist with New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, told ABC News.

A virtual reality (or VR) headset is worn over your eyes like goggles and shows you an up-close view on a high-definition screen in order to immerse yourself in the image or game.

Banik said the headsets could potentially cause long-term issues for children, although it is too soon to know.

“In virtual reality, basically the brain is only getting input from the eyes and we don't know if that isolated input is really going to have an impact on the other senses and how we integrate and experience,” she said.

Banik said that as parents wait for more definitive facts on virtual reality headsets, they should closely monitor their kids’ use.

“I would say moderation is most important when allowing our children to use these devices,” she said.