If you wear glasses, wearing them is a must when you use a VR headset. VR headsets only look as clear as the world around you does, so having an up-to-date vision prescription is a necessity. Going without them could result in a subpar experience with virtual reality or prevent you from using one of the headsets at all. However, you should also take these three things into consideration when getting your lenses from the local optical boutique.
Blue Light Protection
Blue light is a big deal. It's one of the leading causes of macular degeneration, which can cause blindness later in life. Unfortunately, electronics produce blue light in large quantities, including VR headsets. In fact, VR headsets are particularly dangerous for you because they're so close to your eyes.
Thankfully, blue light protection is possible with glasses. All you need to do is ask your optician for blue light protection to be applied to the lenses and they'll take care of the rest.
Another thing to consider is whether or not your glasses are designed to produce as little glare as possible.
Glare might not seem like a big deal, but it really is, especially with a VR headset. Glare can make it difficult to see clearly and can induce headaches. And just like with blue light, since you're close to the light while wearing a VR headset, the glare produced on your lenses can be quite intense. Just like with blue light, avoiding this is entirely possible with a special coating applied to your lenses that cuts down dramatically on glare. You can also have your lenses made out of special materials that produce less glare to begin with.
Lastly, keep in mind that while VR headsets tend to provide spacers to wear them with glasses, that doesn't mean that all glasses will fit. The VR headset you want might not be comfortable over your glasses, or it could be entirely too small for the frames that you currently have.
When shopping for new glasses to use with VR, stick with more streamlined, thinner frames. Your optician will have plenty to show you that you can choose from. If you want, you can even bring your VR headset with you to ensure that it fits comfortably over the frames that you think you want.
Don't let your glasses hold you back from enjoying virtual reality to the fullest. Make an appointment to see an optician and get a new pair of glasses with the protection and size that you need.