So, your glasses are pressing your face too much in VR? Oculus Rift glasses spacer is not the answer.
They don’t even come with Oculus Rift, nor Oculus Rift S. They are mostly used with Quest devices.
You might have read that they work well with Oculus Quest 2, but with Oculus Rift and Rift S, it’s just too much trouble.
First, there aren’t many of them out there. Most of the glasses spacers are low-quality and bring more trouble for what they are worth (More information in the end).
You can also 3D-print them, but let’s be honest. Not many of us have that option.
So what options do you have?
Option NR 1 – VR Lens Lab offers custom-made lenses that go on Rift display, not on your face
These prescriptions insert lenses are for Oculus Rift.
These prescription insert lenses are for Oculus Rift S.
You pick your eyesight prescription, order it, install it, and you are good to go.
Here is how it goes:
Wearing glasses in VR sucks no matter how you put it, so if you use lenses like these, you get some nice benefits.
- You don’t have to worry about glasses. Just take them off, and you are good to go.
- Edge-to-edge clarity is something else. Unlike glasses, you don’t have to see the frames of the glasses anymore. You will have full FOV.
- There are also additional benefits like ‘Light Cap’ and ‘Blueguard’ that protect your eyes from digital light. These are with additional cost, so it’s up to you if you want them.
Compared to usual glasses, where, according to Oculus, you have to “Loosen the Velcro top strap until the Rift S sits comfortably on your head, rotate the fit wheel to adjust the tightness of the halo band, press the depth adjustment button on the bottom of the headset to adjust the lenses in or out for more clarity and a comfortable fit over glasses”, custom VR glasses is a much better option.
Be honest, you didn’t read through that wall of text. Neither did I, when I copy-pasted it.
That is why simplicity always wins!
You can find more information on these custom lenses here. If you want an alternative, you can look at VirtuClear. It’s a costlier option.
Option NR 2 – Whip out the old-school contact lenses
That is actually what I use.
I use contact lenses because I don’t get dry eyes from frequent VR usage.
Currently, it’s one of the biggest issues with contact lenses inside VR – The hot air gets trapped inside the mask, making your VR sessions blurry, and then the dryness doesn’t help the issue.
Many glasses-wearers also don’t want to put on contacts each time they are in VR. It’s annoying and inefficient.
VR is actually one of the reasons I started only wearing contact lenses.
If you’ve read my previous articles, you’d know how much I struggled to put them on for the first time. The lady that was responsible for my eyes in pharmacy struggled for over an hour with me.
But, once I got used to them, there was no turning back.
If you are one of the sufferers of dry eyes, try out certain eye moisturizers. This one from Amazon called ‘Puremoist (#ad)‘ is top seller currently for contact lenses.
I don’t know why I find the name funny -.-
Try it out, and if it is still not an option for you, go with the custom-made lenses that I mentioned previously.
Why I Don’t Recommend Oculus Rift S Glasses Spacer to you
As I was mentioning before, they bring more trouble than what it’s worth. Not many 3rd party manufacturers make them, and the ones that are available, aren’t really comfortable.
They are mostly made of rubber to push your face away from the screen to make space for glasses.
That is not a good idea in VR.
Immersion is what matters a lot, so if you push your vision away by just a few millimeters, the FOV suffers by about 20-30%.
What is your experience with glasses spacers? Have you tried them? Or maybe any alternatives. Leave them down in the comments for others to read!
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