Is that right? 3-D movie glasses are sanitary?
Here's an eye-opener for fans of Toy Story 3 and other 3-D movies: Those glasses you wear to get the 3-D effects may not be as sanitary as you think.
In its July issue, Good Housekeeping magazine tested seven pairs of 3-D glasses, three that were wrapped and four unwrapped, and found that none of them were bacteria-free. While most of the bacteria (collected via swabs that were sent to an independent lab), was deemed harmless, one set of glasses bore Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which can cause pink eye and other infections. (The FDA includes this staph bacteria in its Bad Bug Book.)
The magazine, which doesn't say which theaters it visited, recommends cleaning 3-D glasses with alcohol wipes or even taking them to the restroom to wash them with soap and water. A dry tissue rubdown removed some, but far from all, of the bacteria.
Even if you don't think to take any such measures, though, your risk of getting sick from movie glasses is pretty low, according to this account.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
June 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: General Health , Is That Right?
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