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Go out of the way to get corrective lenses for A-cup lenses?

captaintripscaptaintrips Posts: 313
Art3mis
edited August 2013 in General
Like many of us, my eye sight is crap. I often have to "squint" to read my monitor if I'm running any HD resolutions. anything farther than that, unless it's in big bold text, is unreadable. Normally, this isn't a problem (well, ok, it is), and I generally don't put much thought into getting glasses or contacts, though I've had both in the past (and they make a world of difference... at a price.)

However, Im trying to determine if I should go out of my way to get a new contact lens prescription specifically just for use with the Oculus Rift lenses. Right now, I use the C-cups... crystal clear, and I can use B-cups as well and their about as clear but with a little bit of a blur difference.

But I've been reading up that you really don't want to use C or B-cups unless you absolutely have to. That the best route is to get contacts, glasses, or laser surgery so you can use the A-cups. apparently it intensifies the sterecopic feeling and depth, and makes the world look "deeper" and things stand out more. And as you go down in lense cup lettering, this causes a decrease in stereoscopic visuals.

Just want opinions or someone to confirm this. I'd rather blow $250 on a delta six preorder (well, lets be honest, already have), or save it for the next rift or vRase headset protoypes, or put it towards Omni periphreals such as extra belts/shoes/whatever.... BUT, if it's worth the contact lenses and increased stereoscopic performance of the A-cups, guess I can put it down on a eye appointment and some contact lenses.

Fellow Rifters... your suggestions?

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  • InscothenInscothen Posts: 277
    Art3mis
    Since you are nearsighted, maybe give this a try. https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=394
  • SMOK3YSMOK3Y Posts: 259
    I'd rather blow $250 on a delta six preorder (well, lets be honest, already have)
    ya i went in on kickstarter but havent heard anything for ages? is it still a goer?
  • I mean, just as someone with no experience with bad eye sight yet (knock on wood!), how is just SEEING BETTER not a number one priority?

    I know it's expensive and all, but you're question is 'Should I get contacts to use the Rift?' and my answer would be 'No, get contacts to SEE!' The Rift is just an added benefit. ;)
  • LucidRealityLucidReality Posts: 197
    Hiro Protagonist
    I mean, just as someone with no experience with bad eye sight yet (knock on wood!), how is just SEEING BETTER not a number one priority?

    I know it's expensive and all, but you're question is 'Should I get contacts to use the Rift?' and my answer would be 'No, get contacts to SEE!' The Rift is just an added benefit. ;)

    I was thinking the exact same thing :lol:
  • ziphnorziphnor Posts: 305
    Art3mis
    I would not get contacts just for the Rift. Instead, why don't you just buy a cheap pair of glasses that are small enough to fit inside the Rift itself? Just bring them back as far as you can and adjust the rift so that the lenses just about touch the glasses. I just use an old pair of glasses that happened to fit (my eyes had problems with the eyes not getting enough oxygen that prevents me from using contacts anymore).

    I tried the C-cups, and i by far prefer to use glasses.
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  • captaintripscaptaintrips Posts: 313
    Art3mis
    I mean, just as someone with no experience with bad eye sight yet (knock on wood!), how is just SEEING BETTER not a number one priority?

    I know it's expensive and all, but you're question is 'Should I get contacts to use the Rift?' and my answer would be 'No, get contacts to SEE!' The Rift is just an added benefit. ;)



    I treat tech toys and gadgets to be of greater importance than eyesight (or health or savings for that matter). I mean why spend all those years stuffing money in the bank when chances are I won't make it to retirement anyway :lol:
  • Like many of us, my eye sight is crap. I often have to "squint" to read my monitor if I'm running any HD resolutions. anything farther than that, unless it's in big bold text, is unreadable. Normally, this isn't a problem (well, ok, it is), and I generally don't put much thought into getting glasses or contacts, though I've had both in the past (and they make a world of difference... at a price.)

    However, Im trying to determine if I should go out of my way to get a new contact lens prescription specifically just for use with the Oculus Rift lenses. Right now, I use the C-cups... crystal clear, and I can use B-cups as well and their about as clear but with a little bit of a blur difference.

    But I've been reading up that you really don't want to use C or B-cups unless you absolutely have to. That the best route is to get contacts, glasses, or laser surgery so you can use the A-cups. apparently it intensifies the sterecopic feeling and depth, and makes the world look "deeper" and things stand out more. And as you go down in lense cup lettering, this causes a decrease in stereoscopic visuals.

    Just want opinions or someone to confirm this. I'd rather blow $250 on a delta six preorder (well, lets be honest, already have), or save it for the next rift or vRase headset protoypes, or put it towards Omni periphreals such as extra belts/shoes/whatever.... BUT, if it's worth the contact lenses and increased stereoscopic performance of the A-cups, guess I can put it down on a eye appointment and some contact lenses.

    Fellow Rifters... your suggestions?

    I actually went out Captain and got some contacts specifically for the A-Cups in addition because I was going on a snorkeling trip in the keys. Likewise, what you mentioned about the intensified stereoscopic feeling and depth when using the rift, from my perception was entirely the case, however I felt it was more being caused because of the brain interpreting it's more real because of the increased FOV. But regardless I can over here say it does improve rifting decently.
  • SilmarilSESilmarilSE Posts: 5
    NerveGear
    I've worn glasses for years, but as I had to get new ones last week, I spoke to the optician about getting contact lenses specifically for Rifting. I'm not going to replace my glasses with them permanently, but after discussions I'm just going to get a supply of disposable ones I can use if I want to Rift for more than a few minutes.

    At 80 pence a pair, I didn't think it was that bad a cost.

    Now I've just got to wait for my Rift to arrive (oh please be next week)
  • VriendVriend Posts: 42
    Brain Burst
    Like many of us, my eye sight is crap. I often have to "squint" to read my monitor if I'm running any HD resolutions. anything farther than that, unless it's in big bold text, is unreadable. Normally, this isn't a problem (well, ok, it is), and I generally don't put much thought into getting glasses or contacts, though I've had both in the past (and they make a world of difference... at a price.)

    However, Im trying to determine if I should go out of my way to get a new contact lens prescription specifically just for use with the Oculus Rift lenses. Right now, I use the C-cups... crystal clear, and I can use B-cups as well and their about as clear but with a little bit of a blur difference.

    But I've been reading up that you really don't want to use C or B-cups unless you absolutely have to. That the best route is to get contacts, glasses, or laser surgery so you can use the A-cups. apparently it intensifies the sterecopic feeling and depth, and makes the world look "deeper" and things stand out more. And as you go down in lense cup lettering, this causes a decrease in stereoscopic visuals.

    Just want opinions or someone to confirm this. I'd rather blow $250 on a delta six preorder (well, lets be honest, already have), or save it for the next rift or vRase headset protoypes, or put it towards Omni periphreals such as extra belts/shoes/whatever.... BUT, if it's worth the contact lenses and increased stereoscopic performance of the A-cups, guess I can put it down on a eye appointment and some contact lenses.

    Fellow Rifters... your suggestions?

    Where I am from ( Netherlands) you can buy at local drug stores throw away lenses for just a few bucks...perhaps is that an option??

    This is how they look

    beeld-10.jpg
  • GanjaroachGanjaroach Posts: 449
    Hiro Protagonist
    I wear corrective lenses and still use the B cups the A cups sweet spot is so small... I think my face might be a bit to big when using the a cups im constantly moving the rift around. I have 20/20 vision with my lenses on so not sure why A cups don't work as good as the b cups. It is to the point of id rather see more pixels then have to jack with the rift to find the sweet spot while using the A cups.
  • OR lenses will most likely have diopter correction in the consumer version, but if you want to get that option with dev kit, you have to find out whats the magnification factor for OR lenses and then find a LCD viewfinder with the same spec that has diopter adjustment option.

    something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmZagVlkzyY
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