Recycled 3-D Glasses at Movie Theaters Are Crawling With Germs

by Caleb Johnson on June 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

3-D glasses are covered with germs.

Next time you visit a movie theater, think twice about putting on a pair of 3-D glasses. According to ABC News, staff from Good Housekeeping magazine studied seven pairs of 3-D glasses at movie theaters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and didn’t find one sterile pair in the bunch. On those spectacles, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute found germs that can cause conjunctivitis, skin infections, food poisoning, sepsis, pneumonia and even staph infection, which really makes us regret throwing down $17 to watch ‘Avatar.’

But doctors say this news isn’t necessarily cause to panic. After all, the world around us isn’t too sterile. “We could culture many features of our inanimate environment and find entirely similar results,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told ABC News. Think about all the other surfaces and objects inside a theater that people touch — movie stubs, arm rests, bathroom doors, concession stand food — all crawling with germs. However, those of course, don’t live on your eyeballs, nor do they cost inordinate amounts of money to be used.

If you’re really worried about the germs on 3-D glasses, you could always use a disinfectant wipe, which the study found reduces germ content by 95-percent. This goes extra for those of you who are interested in getting your adult film dose in the third dimension, too. [From: ABC News]

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