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I am near-sighted, wear glasses. Are the screens close enough to see?

mzelusmzelus Posts: 1
NerveGear
I am strongly considering getting into VR with the oculus. I am near-sighted and wear glasses and i see there are instructions for wearing the headset without glasses. However, I believe that if the screens are close enough, i would be able to see them without aid. Has anyone else had experience with this and would be able to comment?

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  • squidbreakfastsquidbreakfast Posts: 38
    Brain Burst
    https://vr-lens-lab.com/

    I also wear glasses and I am really careful every time I take the HMD off... I take my glasses off with it, yes it is annoying but less annoying than not being able to see. I am considering ordering prescription lenses for my HMD. I know someone that did and that is very happy with them.

    There are options :)
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  • madamluckmadamluck Posts: 141
    Art3mis
    I wear glasses and I'm near sighted also. I had problems with my glasses leaving smudges on the lenses of the rift and was paranoid about scratching them. While I can see great with my glasses on I opted to not wear them anymore in the rift. I had to mess around with the straps and find the best placement on my head. Also making sure I tilted the headset into the best position. It's not as clear without my glasses versus with but it's not a huge difference. I'm considering getting contacts - I've been wanting to that anyways or there's always prescription lens you can buy for the rift.
  • AndyW1384AndyW1384 Posts: 307
    Trinity
    mzelus said:
    I am strongly considering getting into VR with the oculus. I am near-sighted and wear glasses and i see there are instructions for wearing the headset without glasses. However, I believe that if the screens are close enough, i would be able to see them without aid. Has anyone else had experience with this and would be able to comment?
    Because of the lenses in the Rift, the screens are at a focal depth of about 1.5 metres. If you can see clearly at that distance without your glasses (unlikely) then you're ok. If things are blurry at 1.5 metres without your glasses then you'll either have to wear your glasses in the Rift or buy some lenses matching your prescription to put in the Rift.

    One option.
    Another option.
    A third.
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  • inovatorinovator Posts: 2,277 Valuable Player
    I'm the perfect person to ask. I tried to talk myself into it being good enough without my glasses. Then I used glasses. With very skinny frames and the suggested rift size.  The lens got scratches from them. If u like every day life with glasses including movies and TV u need glasses or contacts. It's like real life being In vr. I love vr so I got contacts and recently ordered a new rift to get rid of the scratches.sorry that's the only answer. Lens lab may work for u but sucked for me
  • NiseiNisei Posts: 53
    Hiro Protagonist
    I'm near sighted (-2.5) and everything's blurry without contact lenses/glasses. The Rift's lenses may be close to your eyes but you have to focus in the distance.
    You can easily solve this by using this method I've posted earlier:

    Go here and download the 3D file:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1602460
    Have it printed for around 5 Dollars/Euros.
    Order this pair of glasses:
    http://www.zennioptical.com/550021-metal-alloy-full-rim-frame-with-spring-hinges.html
    Take the lenses from the glasses, pop them into the 3D printed adapter and your CV1 has built in prescription glasses for around 15 Dollars/Euros + shipping.


  • CrommiCrommi Posts: 10
    NerveGear
    Before getting too excited about those printable frames, know that unless the width matches your PD, it's not going to work.
  • NiseiNisei Posts: 53
    Hiro Protagonist
    Crommi said:
    Before getting too excited about those printable frames, know that unless the width matches your PD, it's not going to work.
    That's why you specify your PD to Zenni when ordering the glasses. The adapter exactly matches the measurements of the frame you're ordering.
  • BoxDroppingManApeBoxDroppingManApe Posts: 60 Poster of the Week
    mzelus said:
    I am strongly considering getting into VR with the oculus. I am near-sighted and wear glasses and i see there are instructions for wearing the headset without glasses. However, I believe that if the screens are close enough, i would be able to see them without aid. Has anyone else had experience with this and would be able to comment?


    I damn near have coke-bottle glasses for near-sightedness, and everything definitely is blurry if I try to VR without glasses.  However, my brother, who is also near-sighted but to a lesser extent, says it's fine without his glasses. Your mileage may vary. Even though the screens themselves are a few inches from your eyes, the lenses have a focal distance of like, 5 feet I think (someone will probably correct me). If you can't see clearly at 5 feet, I think you're gonna need your glasses.

    All of that said, my glasses fit fine inside the headset, but your glasses may vary as well.

  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 15,155 Valuable Player
    It doesn't matter how close the screens are to your face, you are fully immersed in another world. Which means that if you can't read the text on a sign 50 feet away in real life, then you won't be able to read it in VR either.

    Of course, this depends on the software application itself and how the dev's implement both scaling and depth perception. Either way, you will most likely need glasses or contacts if you want an enjoyable experience.
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  • EratticBaptch8EratticBaptch8 Posts: 5
    NerveGear
    the screens are right up against your face, like a pair of binoculars.
  • nalex66nalex66 Posts: 5,447 Volunteer Moderator
    the screens are right up against your face, like a pair of binoculars.
    And like binoculars, the proximity to your eyes has nothing to do with the focal distance. The lenses in the Rift provide a focal distance of about 1.5m (5 feet). If you can see that far without glasses, you can see clearly in the Rift. If you're near-sighted, that is probably outside of your visual range, and you'll need corrective lenses in the Rift.
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  • portal2turretportal2turret Posts: 36
    Brain Burst
    Here's a thought. What if they gave the Rift the ability to distort the image based on one's specific eye prescription? The user would no longer have the need to wear glasses while using the headset, because the image itself would be corrected for them based on some prescription they enter into the Oculus software?
    I'm not an optometrist, so I don't know if that would work. Just an idea.
  • RoasterRoaster Posts: 1,053
    3Jane
    Here's a thought. What if they gave the Rift the ability to distort the image based on one's specific eye prescription? The user would no longer have the need to wear glasses while using the headset, because the image itself would be corrected for them based on some prescription they enter into the Oculus software?
    I'm not an optometrist, so I don't know if that would work. Just an idea.
    I don't think that will work.  Camera lenses, for instance, have adaptation for curvature and distortion, and chromatic aberration, but you can't fake the focus. If you distort the image in any way for focus, you make it blurry.
    Oculus left out the ability to focus the lenses for some reason, and I would like to thank them personally sometime.

    In digital imaging you use unsharp masking to artificially remove blur, but supposedly the image on the rift screens is already sharp ... you and I just can't see it without help.
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  • SundaygloomSundaygloom Posts: 32
    Brain Burst
    I just received my rift today. I couldn't get the headset on with my glasses, I didn't want to force it and break the headset or my glasses.
     It didn't look bad without them but I've seen lense attachments they sell, I might buy them. 
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 15,155 Valuable Player
    I've used it with my glasses as well. It can be tricky putting the headset on, and it shouldn't feel "forced." Just completely loosen the straps and pull the headset as far out as it will go. I suppose a new headset has more tension so it could feel forced. It's a touch HMD, and has survived being yanked off faces during Horror/Terror VR.
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