What one neuro-ophthalmologist has to say about virtual reality health risks

Kids want the newest, latest technologies. But when virtual reality headset health risks are such a poorly researched topic, it is hard to know is VR is safe for children. Rudreni Banik, MD, is a Neuro-Ophthalmologist and associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sanai.

What did she have to say? In a recent interview with abcnews, she shared her knowledge.


“In virtual reality, the brain is only getting input from the eyes. We don’t know if that isolated input is going to have an impact on the senses and how it impacts the other senses.”

Children are developing. If there are health risks to virtual reality, it would make sense that children are the most vulnerable to them.

What exactly is Neuro-Ophthalmology? Well, Dr. Rudreni Banik specializes in diseases affecting vision arising from the neuro-system. Exactly the kind of expert you want to weigh in on the health risks of putting a VR headset up to your eyes and staring at it for a long period of time. If you want to learn more about Dr. Rudrani Banik, she has her profile on the official Mount Sinai Health Systems web page.

The truth is, no one truly knows if VR is safe for children

Virtual reality is a very new field, and no one knows exactly what the risks are. That means we have to be sensible. PSVR says its technology is not be used by children under 12. It is up to parents to decide what limits they should put on children in terms of the length of virtual reality sessions and whether a child who has just turned 12 should be allowed to experience it.