As I previously noted, VR headsets are difficult to use for those who need eyesight corrective lenses, especially those who require eyeglasses. The industry’s solution for now is “prescription VR lenses” that would fit into headsets.

Is this a panacea? My last set of prescription progressive lenses (lenses only, not the frames) cost nearly US$500. And I have minimal corrections for distance, reading and astigmatism. The article below says prescription VR lenses may cost less than $100 without providing details if this is the minimum or typical cost and whether this includes astigmatism corrections.

For virtual reality users that require corrective lenses, wearing a VR headset can be a difficult task. Contact lenses might help some, but others can’t use them or would prefer not to. For these individuals, attempting to wear their headset over a pair of eyeglasses can be an uncomfortable experience that risks damaging both their expensive electronics and corrective eyewear.

Thankfully, several companies have come to the aid of those in this particular situation, producing prescription lenses that can be slotted directly into popular VR headsets to remove any need for eyeglasses by helping the headset itself to correct your vision.

Source: Prescription lens inserts for VR headsets: How to get a clearer look at the metaverse | ZDNet

Please read my comments from December: VR headset/glasses makers remain out of touch with Reality – Coldstreams Business and Tech

The eyesight problem is a challenge for VR headset makers and is not yet well solved.

I use a VR headset for flight simulation (considered as subset of gaming) and also for language study (really). I have used it a little to view 3D videos online but there are defects in the software support that have made this use challenging. Which is too bad because I am 3D photographer and videographer and enjoy watching 3D content.

By EdwardM

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