One of the most important aspects of virtual reality is the visuals. Without those you just have a set of headphones. But if you are someone who needs glasses to bring reality into focus, you might find VR less than accommodating.
If your frames are small enough then you can cram them into the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, but if you do you may wind up scratching your lenses and forever marring your VR experience. Do what is a glasses wearer supposed to do?
Well, the first thing that you should do is try the headset without using you glasses. Many people have been reporting that they were surprised to find they didn’t even need their glasses in VR. In fact, I am one of the people who wears glasses for real reality, but finds them unnecessary in virtual reality. However, if you try this and find that things are still blurry and no amount of IPD or lens depth adjustment seems to help, then you will need something else.
You may be thinking that you could use contacts. And that is true, you could. But unless you are already using contacts it’s an expensive option and if you are like me and astigmatism is your problem, it can be even more expensive. On top of that, a common complaint with contact lenses is that they dry your eyes out which can result in very sore eyes.
So, you don’t want to risk ruining your glasses or VR headset lenses or dealing with the potential discomfort of having the facial interface on the headset press your frames. You also don’t want the cost and bother of getting set up with contact lenses which will only dry your eyes out anyway and lead to shorter sessions and sore eyes. You also probably don’t want to shell out another four-thousand dollars for Lasik eye surgery. There is still one more option. Adding your prescription lenses to your VR headset.
VR Cover has joined with Gauss Eye wear to create VR Lens Lab (https://vr-lens-lab.com/) which has designed easy to use lens inserts for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. They simply click into place inside the headset and once inserted they hold themselves in place. You can order your prescription right on the website with various optional coatings and have them delivered to your door. It is the most economical way to ensure that you are getting the best experience possible with your VR headset. And if you want to show of your headset, simply take them out.
Bringing your glasses into your VR headset will ensure that you are comfortable, but comfort isn’t everything. Hygiene is also important. Once you have your prescription lenses head over to VR Cover (https://vrcover.com/shop) and pick up some covers to ensure that the facial interface on your Rift or Vive remains like new while your face is protected from the grime and germs that are sure to show up after continued use.